Author

Maurisseau

Date of Award

6-2000

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Human Performance and Health Education

Department

Health, Physical Education & Recreation

First Advisor

Dr. Mary L. Dawson

Second Advisor

Dr. Roger Zabik

Third Advisor

Dr. Bob Moss

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

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.

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