Title: Lower extremities kinematics variety of young women jogging with different heel height

Authors: Yaodong Gu; Yan Zhang; Wenwen Shen

Addresses: Human Movement Research Center, Faculty of Sports Science, Ningbo University, Zhejiang 315211, China ' Human Movement Research Center, Faculty of Sports Science, Ningbo University, Zhejiang 315211, China ' Human Movement Research Center, Faculty of Sports Science, Ningbo University, Zhejiang 315211, China

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the kinematics changes in hip, knee and ankle during jogging while wearing shoes with heel height of flat (1.5 cm), low (4.5 cm) and high (7 cm) three conditions. We observed an increased motion of range of knee abduction-adduction and hip flexion-extension in high heel jogging, which may induce high loading force in knee joints. In addition, we observed decrease in ankle inversion during heel height jogging gait. Collectively, these findings suggest that permanent wearing of shoes with heel height may contribute to knee osteoarthritis and higher risk of ankle sprain.

Keywords: lower-limb kinematics; jogging shoes; shoe heels; jogging; biomedical engineering; bioengineering; lower extremities; young women; young females; heel height; female joggers; hip; knee joints; ankle inversion; kinematic changes; high heels; knee abduction-adduction; hip flexion-extension; loading force; jogging gait; knee osteoarthritis; ankle sprain.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBET.2013.057261

International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, 2013 Vol.12 No.3, pp.240 - 251

Available online: 21 Oct 2013 *

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