Does higher anterior knee joint laxity alter landing biomechanics in pubescent girls?
Abstract of poster presentation presented at 2011 Asics Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport (ACSMS). From the onset of puberty females are at a greater risk of sustaining a non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture compared to males. Increased anterior knee laxity (AKL) in females has been proposed as a possible mechanism for increased ACL injury risk, due to the associated decrease in knee joint stability during landing movements. Despite this association, there is a dearth of literature investigating the effects of increased AKL on lower limb landing biomechanics in adolescent girls.