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Research Reveals Knee Movement's Effect on Stress Fracture Risk

Recent research has revealed a potential means with which athletes and members of the armed forces might be able to stave off the threat of stress fractures.  The Director of Orthopaedic Research at the West Point, New York-based Keller Army Hospital presented the findings at Chicago’s recent meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Researchers examined over 1,800 military cadets at the beginning of their careers; specifically, they analyzed the motions of the individuals’ lower extremities when landing at the end of a jump.  Among those involved in the study, 94 incurred some type of stress fracture, and the rate at which such injuries occurred among women was triple that of men.

It was discovered that the risk of a lower extremity stress fracture could vary depending on abduction angles and the way the individual moved his or her knees upon landing.  The persons behind the study pointed out that this type of risk factor hasn’t been closely examined the same way that strength and movement patterns have.

The thought is that these findings could be used as a foundation with which to build programs focused on the development of better movement patterns among at-risk people.  This would theoretically reduce the number of stress fractures which occur.


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