Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Human Performance and Health Education

First Advisor

Dr. Mary L. Dawson

Second Advisor

Dr. Roger Zabik

Third Advisor

Dr. Ruth Davis

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The objective of the study was to investigate the relationship of pronation/supination and Q angles of the right and left legs of subjects with meniscectomies. A biomechanical analysis was employed using two high speed camera, digitizing equipment, and a computer. Statistical analysis was performed to determine any significant differences.

Analysis of variance found a difference between medial and lateral, and control and medial groups in the pronation/supination test at heel strike with shoes. A difference among subjects and legs also was found at heel strike without shoes.

Analysis of variance found differences in average Q angles of the medial and lateral groups at each test. A difference also was found between the control and lateral groups at midstance with shoes, and between the control and medial groups with shoes.

Apparently, shoes have a definite effect on pronation/supination at heel strike. It could be questioned if original Q angle differences caused eventual lower leg problems leading to a meniscectomy.