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Comparison of knee functional ability and static and dynamic postural control between female handball players with patellofemoral pain and healthy female handball players
Tahereh Mobarra 1, Dr Shahla Hojjat2, Dr Alireza Rahimi3
1- Islamic Azad University of Karaj , tahereh_mobarra@yahoo.com
2- Assistant Professor Department of physical education, Islamic Azad University of Karaj
3- Associate Professor Department of physical education, Islamic Azad University of Karaj
Abstract:  

Background and Aim: The aim of this study was to compare knee functional ability and static and dynamic postural control in healthy female handball players and female handball players with patellofemoral pain.

Materials and Methods: This non-experimental and case-control study included 25 female handball players with PFP syndrome and 25 healthy female handball players. WOMAC scale and universal goniometer were used for assessment of knee function and range of motion of the knee joint. We used Sharpend Romberg and SEBT tests for measurement of static and dynamic postural control. Using SPSS version 21, data were analyzed by kolmogorov-Smirnov and independent t –tests. p ≤ 0.05 was considered significant.

Results: Knee function was significantly weaker in the patients with PFP than the healthy control group (P=0.001). In PFP group, flexion range of motion was significantly more (P=0.002) and extension range of motion (P=0.005), static postural control (P=0.001) and dynamic postural control in posterior (P=0.002), posterolateral (P=0.001), lateral (P=0.001) and anterolateral (P=0.006) directions were significantly less than those in the healthy subjects. But, there were no significant differences between the two groups in relation to dynamic postural control in anterior, anteromedial, medial and posteromedial directions (P>0.05).

Conclusion: Negative changes in knee functional ability and static postural control and dynamic postural control in lateral and posterior directions in the women with PFP, can be attributed to weakness and atrophy of the knee anteromedial muscles or stiffness of the knee posterolateral muscles. Hence, in rehabilitation of PFP patients, the strengthening of the anteromedial muscles and stretching of the  posterolateral muscles of the knee should be considered essential.

Keywords: Female handball players, PFP syndrome, Functional ability, Static and dynamic postural control.

Received: Jan 2, 2016      Accepted: May 9, 2016

Keywords: Female handball players, PFP syndrome, Functional ability, Static and dynamic postural control.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2016/09/28 | Accepted: 2016/09/28 | Published: 2016/09/28
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Volume 21, Number 4 (Scientific Journal of Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences 2016) Back to browse issues page
مجله علمی دانشگاه علوم پزشکی کردستان Scientific Journal of Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences
مجله علمی دانشگاه علوم پزشکی کردستان Scientific Journal of Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences
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