What is the Influence of Proximal Trunk Borne Load on Lower Limb Countermovement Joint Dynamics?

Research Paper Title

Influence of proximal trunk borne load on lower limb countermovement joint dynamics.

Background

Vertical jumping involves coordinating the temporal sequencing of angular motion, moment, and power across multiple joints.

Studying the biomechanical coordination strategies that differentiates loaded from unloaded vertical jumping may better inform training prescription for athletes needing to jump with load.

Common multivariate methods (e.g. Principal Components Analysis) cannot quantify coordination in a dataset with more than two modes.

This study aimed to identify coordinative factors across four modes of variation using Parallel Factor (Parafac2) analysis, which may differentiate unloaded (body weight [BW]) from loaded (BW + 20% BW) countermovement jump (CMJ).

Methods

Thirty-one participants performed unloaded and loaded CMJ. Three-dimensional motion capture with force plate analysis was performed.

Inverse dynamics was used to quantify sagittal plane joint angle, velocity, moment, and joint power across the ankle, knee, and hip.

The four-mode data were as follows:

  • Mode A was jump cycle (101 cycle points);
  • Mode B was participant (31 participants by two load);
  • Mode C was joint (two sides by three joints); and
  • Mode D was variable (angle, velocity, moment, power).

Results

Three factors were extracted, which explained 95.1% of the data’s variance.

Only factors one (P = 0.001) and three (P < 0.001) significantly differentiated loaded from unloaded jumping.

The body augmented hip-dominant at the start, and both hip and ankle dominant behaviours at the end of the ascending phase of the CMJ, but kept knee-dominant behaviour invariant, when jumping with a 20% BW load.

Conclusions

By studying the variation across all data modes, Parafac2 provides a holistic method of studying jumping coordination.

Reference

Liew, B.X.W., Helwig, N.E., Morris, S. & Netto, K. (2018) Influence of proximal trunk borne load on lower limb countermovement joint dynamics. Journal of Biomechanics. 79:223-226. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2018.08.009. Epub 2018 Aug 13.

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