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Assessing Laxity Characteristics of Hyperextension Knee in Healthy Young Females Using a Knee Ligament Arthrometer

[+] Author Affiliations
Hsiu-Chen Lin, Weng-Hang Lai, Chia-Ming Chang

China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Horng-Chaung Hsu

China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Paper No. SBC2007-176725, pp. 37-38; 2 pages
  • ASME 2007 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • ASME 2007 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • Keystone, Colorado, USA, June 20–24, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4798-5
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Female athletes are more likely to sustain an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury than male athletes. Previous study has showed that female individuals had larger anterior knee laxity than their male counterparts [1]. Researchers have also reported that knee laxity and hyperextension knee were a possible factor contributing to ACL injury [2]. Loudon showed that a person with hyperextension knee, either healthy or ACL-injured, had poorer proprioceptive control. Even more, ACL-injured subjects with hyperextension knee demonstrated a declined function of proprioception feedback loop and the ability to initiate protective reflexes [3].

Copyright © 2007 by ASME
Topics: Knee



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