Injury prevention

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The aim was to investigate the potential risk of developing iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) through the analysis of the theoretical interaction between joint degrees of freedom and individual pedalling techniques. Experimental lower limb kinematics recorded from ten well-trained healthy cyclists served as input data of a musculoskeletal modelling to calculate the compression force between ITB and the lateral femoral epicondyle (LFE). Cyclists pedalled in a standardized position at a steady state (90rpm and 200W). Results demonstrated that ITBS potential risk increases in individuals whose pedalling technique exacerbate hip extension-adduction and/or knee extension-internal rotation. Furthermore, hip joint kinematics had a greater influence than knee joint angles. This simulation approach could be advantageously implemented as an additional tool to help diagnose and correct potentially harmful sport techniques and optimise equipment setup or design.