Gait Analysis in Athletes

A special issue of Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology (ISSN 2411-5142). This special issue belongs to the section "Kinesiology and Biomechanics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 June 2024 | Viewed by 1300

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Dear Colleagues,

Gait analysis is a type of movement assessment focused on an individual’s motion pattern and human locomotion. In the specific case of athletes, gait analysis is of paramount importance as it enables practitioners to understand athletes’ patterns and consequently can help in identifying negative changes and dysfunction that may lead to injury. Nowadays, there are various technologies which are available for assessing gait, from insole pressure mapping to force plates and high-speed cameras, often times used simultaneously. There are also several statistical procedures (such as statistical parametric mapping, principle component analysis, and machine learning) that can deliver deeper insights about athletes’ gait. Therefore, coaches and athletes can learn more about gait and how to change it in order to both improve their performance and prevent injury.

Dr. Jorge E. Morais
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Keywords

  • gait
  • kinesiology
  • movement analysis
  • ground reaction force
  • performance
  • injury prevention
  • machine learning

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The Effectiveness of External Verbal Feedback on Balance in Athletes with Chronic Ankle Instability
by Konstantinos Parlakidis, Lazaros Alexandors Kontopoulos, Dimitris Mandalidis, Eleftherios Paraskevopoulos, Maria Papandreou, Eleni Kapreli and Anna Christakou
J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2024, 9(1), 56; https://doi.org/10.3390/jfmk9010056 - 21 Mar 2024
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Chronic ankle instability (CAI) is characterized by muscle weakness and impaired neuromuscular control. This study aimed (a) to assess the impact of external verbal feedback on the dynamic balance of athletes with CAI and (b) to examine the maintenance of dynamic balance ability [...] Read more.
Chronic ankle instability (CAI) is characterized by muscle weakness and impaired neuromuscular control. This study aimed (a) to assess the impact of external verbal feedback on the dynamic balance of athletes with CAI and (b) to examine the maintenance of dynamic balance ability after the end of the completion of the intervention balance program. Thirty athletes (mean age 21.63 ± 1.53) were randomly divided into three groups: an experimental group with external verbal feedback, 1st control group without external verbal feedback and the 2nd control group without balance training and without feedback. Assessments using a balance board and the ‘Y-balance’ test were conducted before and after the balance training period. Additionally, participants completed the Cumberland Ankle Joint Instability Tool. A retention test of balance ability was administered after the 4-week intervention period. Statistical analysis revealed a significant overall improvement in balance (F(2,36) =5.96, p = 0.006, partial η2 =0.249), including those with no balance training, but no significant differences between the groups. Thus, the external verbal feedback did not show a positive impact on the balance ability between the three different groups. Also, the experimental group with the external verbal feedback demonstrated maintenance of dynamic balance learning ability. Although it appears that balance training has a positive effect on the dynamic balance of individuals with CAI, a non-positive impact of external verbal feedback was found. Also, it appears that external verbal feedback significantly led to sustained retention of balance learning ability. Further research is recommended to validate these findings. Full article
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