n International SportMed Journal - Practical clinical lower limb biomechanical assessment in athletes
|Article Title||Practical clinical lower limb biomechanical assessment in athletes|
|© Publisher:||International Federation of Sports Medicine|
|Journal||International SportMed Journal|
|Author||Martin P. Schwellnus|
|Publication Date||Jan 2001|
|Keyword(s)||Clinical assessment, Inflexibility, Lower limb biomechanics, Overuse injuries, Running and University of Cape Town|
Over the last 3 decades findings from case series, cross-sectional studies and case control studies suggested that certain lower limb alignment and flexibility variables are linked to common overuse injuries of the lower limb. Although the scientific evidence linking these abnormalities to injury is weak at best, it is still good clinical practice to perform a lower limb clinical biomechanical assessment to identify these abnormalities. The aim of this article is to provide the clinician with a basic approach to the clinical biomechanical assessment of the lower limb. Ten basic clinical lower limb biomechanical measurements are described. It is likely that this approach will change in future, as current new hypotheses on the factors associated with running injuries are tested.
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