Jumping injury prevention through biomechanical modification
Jumping is a common gesture in many activities of daily living and sports.
It can be performed using both lower limbs symmetrically or monopodally.
In the last case, a predominance of the use of the dominant lower limb over the nondominant one has been reported.
By observing the neuromuscular behavior during the landing phase of the gesture, a tendency to develop lower limb injuries has been recorded.
To investigate this, some aspects of neuromuscular control were quantified by using our inertial sensor and EMG system to analyze parameters of clinical interest in jumping.
This study specifically evaluated pre-activation times to ground contact and neuromuscular recruitment of the quadriceps and hamstring muscles using a landing protocol.
University students, both men and women, were recruited, resulting in differences between genders.
Thanks to this research and the potential in preventing injuries through biomechanical modification, rehabilitation planning can be improved to study and understand jumping for its application in daily clinical practice.