The purpose of this study is to evaluate the ability of compression tights to influence knee motion during a drop vertical jump (DVJ) in healthy college-aged female athletes. 23 athletes participating in jumping sports (volleyball, basketball, and soccer) were tested. A standard Helen-Hayes 29-marker set was applied to the subjects and recorded using 8 visible-red cameras and 2 force plates. Average hip internal rotation was reduced by 1.9° (p= 0.005), hip abduction range of motion was 2.4° less (p= 0.002), hip abduction angle at initial contact was reduced by 2.7° (p= 0.018), and knee valgus angle at initial contact was also reduced by 1.7° (p= 0.029). These changes support the idea that compression tights may aid in injury prevention and rehabilitation. In the future EMG could be use to identify differences in muscle activation patterns.
Zampporri, Jacopo A. and Aguinaldo, Arnel
"THE EFFECTS OF COMPRESSION TIGHTS ON DYNAMIC KNEE MOTION DURING A DROP VERTICAL JUMP IN FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETES,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 35
, Article 243.
Available at: http://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol35/iss1/243