Award Date

1-1-2000

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Kinesiology

First Committee Member

Mark Hoffman

Number of Pages

65

Abstract

Following lower extremity injury an athlete may be able to walk within days, however they may not be capable of running for weeks or even months. During this time, the athletic trainer provides the athlete with progressions to running. One activity that has been used successfully in this progression is the form skip. It remains unknown why the athlete is capable of successfully performing the form skip before they can run; The purpose of this study was to investigate the ground reaction forces (GRF) during form skipping and running. Healthy subjects (N = 9) ran and skipped across the force platform at a speed of 3.83 m·s--1 (+/-5%) and 1.75 m·s--1 (+/-5%) respectively. Three GRF variables were analyzed: average vertical GRF, maximum vertical GRF, and braking impulse normalized for time. Dependent t-tests (alpha = 0.05) determined GRF during running were significantly greater than during skipping. In conclusion, running produces greater GRF than form skipping in healthy subjects.

Keywords

Comparison; Forces; Form; Ground; Reactions; Running; Skipping

Controlled Subject

Physical therapy

Disciplines

Higher Education

File Format

pdf

File Size

1.71 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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