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Optimization of Quadriceps Force Distribution for Minimization of Patellofemoral Contact Pressure During a Squat

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Aarthi S. Shankar, Trent M. Guess

University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

Paper No. SBC2007-176498, pp. 643-644; 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


Patellofemoral Pain (PFP) syndrome is a very common knee disorder. A possible cause may be excessive lateral force applied by the quadriceps and the patellar tendon producing an abnormal distribution of force and pressure within the patellofemoral joint [1]. EMG and in-vivo studies have been conducted to understand the function of the quadriceps and its relationship with PFP [2,3]. These studies suggest a strong relationship between muscle forces and PFP which originates from high lateral retropatellar contact forces. A dynamic computational model of the knee was developed which includes the quadriceps muscles Rectus Femoris (RF), Vastus Intermedius (VI), Vastus Lateralis (VL), and Vastus Medialis (VM) represented as force vectors. The model can predict retro-patellar contact pressures and the action of the individual quadriceps muscles based on the predicted pressures. The objective of this study was to develop a control system which could optimize the distribution of quadriceps muscle forces to minimize contact pressure between the patella and the femur of the knee during a squat.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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