Date of Award
Master of Arts
Human Performance and Health Education
Health, Physical Education & Recreation
Dr. Mary L. Dawson
Dr. Roger Zabik
Dr. Bob Moss
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The problem was to compare angular and linear kinematics, ground reaction forces (GRF), temporal changes, and electromyography (EMG) of selected muscles while walking one gait cycle to a metronome set at 100 beats per minute (bpm) between genu varum and normal men, ages 20-25 years. Results indicated: (a) the Normal Group had a lower stride time than the Genu Varum Group, although the results were not significantly different; (b) the Normal Group showed greater range of motion in the ankle, knee, hip rotation, and tibial rotation angles-however, the results were not significantly different; (c) there was no significant difference in time to peak and peak EMG-however, the Normal Group showed a difference in EMG compared to the Genu Varum Group; (d) the Normal Group showed greater GRF than the Genu Varum Group during the braking, thrust, and propulsion phases - however, the results were not significant; (e) moments during the propulsion was greater for the Normal Group than the Genu Varum Group-however, moments during the braking phase was greater for the Genu Varum Group than the Normal Group; (f) there was no significant difference in moments measured around the vertical axis during the braking phase between the two groups; and (g) the Genu Varum Group showed a greater stride length than the Normal Group in the sagittal plane, although the results were not significantly different.
Maurisseau, Nerline Varda, "A Comparative Analysis of Walking Patterns between Genu Varum and Normal Subjects" (2000). Master's Theses. 4572.