Office of Undergraduate Research

Hip and Knee Joint Kinematics During Step-downs in Those with and Without General Knee Pain

Anterior knee pain (AKP) is a common overuse injury of the anterior knee leading to pain during physical activity. Exercise therapy, particularly quadriceps (thigh) strengthening, is effective in the treatment of AKP. The purpose is to determine if there are differences in patient (n=10) and pain-free persons biomechanics and muscle recruitment during various step-down exercises which are often used in clinical rehabilitation settings. We are measuring strength, functional ability, muscle recruitment and 2D and 3D lower extremity biomechanics during these exercises.

Tasks and responsibilities:

- Assisting with basic data processing - Research about injury rehabilitation. - Study the effects of various step-downs.