The ability to achieve a 90° squat appears to have important functional implications for patients rehabilitating from total knee arthroplasty. However, detecting impairment may require more rigorous methods than conventional sit-to-stand testing.
By Mark D. Rossi, PhD, PT, CSCS, and Denis Brunt, EdD, PT
Mark Cuban, the brash billionaire owner of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Dallas Mavericks, has pledged $100,000 to fund a study to determine if biomechanical analysis can distinguish legitimate falls during a basketball game from “flops.” The perfectionist in me really likes this idea. But the pragmatist in me wonders whether there might be better uses for that money.
Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor
Learned disuse of the affected limb can lead to weight-bearing asymmetries in patients with stroke-related hemiparesis. Compelled body-weight shift therapy, using shoe inserts to force loading of the affected limb, can help patients achieve a more symmetrical gait.
By Alexander S. Aruin, PhD
Although the technique is still in its infancy, early research suggests gait retraining can be used to address medial collapse, primarily in runners with patellofemoral pain (PFP) syndrome, and to reduce impact loading in runners with PFP or tibial stress fracture.
By Ashlin Miller, BS, and Richard W. Willy, PhD, PT, OCS
Practitioners and researchers are redefining rocking and rolling as key components of gait, and designing ankle foot orthoses and other orthotic and prosthetic devices to specifically address impairments in the way certain patients rock and roll.
By Cary Groner
Documenting how shock propagates through the leg and is attenuated by the soft tissues appears to be a critical step toward advancing practitioners’ and researchers’ understanding of lower extremity injury mechanisms related to running and landing activities.
By Timothy A. Burkhart, PhD, EIT, Alison Schinkel-Ivy, MHK, and David M. Andrews, PhD
Given the limitations of pharmacotherapy options for treating painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy, practitioners are also considering the merits of cognitive therapy, orthotic management, and combination therapies to relieve patients’ pain.
By Larry Hand
In the Moment: Sports Medicine
By Jordana Bieze Foster
The biomechanical differences between barefoot running and running in minimalist shoes appear to amount to more than just a matter of time.
Changes in landing mechanics that are intended to decrease risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury may also inadvertently decrease jumping performance in athletes, according to research presented in late May at the annual ACSM meeting.
One to five years after partial medial meniscectomy, young adults demonstrate kinetic alterations associated with knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to research presented in late May at the annual ACSM meeting.
In the Moment: Foot Orthoses
By Emily Delzell