September 2010

ASO device affects knee during cuts

ASO Ankle Stabilizers from Charlotte, NC-based Medical Specialties reduce knee flexion and peak knee abduction moment during cutting maneuvers, which could reduce the risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury, according to research from Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Twelve healthy, recreationally active college students performed unanticipated cuts at a sprint, with and without ankle braces. Knee flexion angle at initial contact was lower in the braced condition than the unbraced condition, particularly in the six male subjects, although the difference was not statistically significant. The brace was also associated with a decrease in peak knee abduction moment on the nondominant leg in the group overall, although there was considerable variability between subjects.

The findings were presented in August at the annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics.

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