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dc.contributor.authorJones, Michelle Lauren
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-28T13:22:58Z
dc.date.available2017-08-28T13:22:58Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10222/73180
dc.description.abstractUnilateral knee osteoarthritis (OA) often progresses to bilateral disease, yet studies focused on joint function during walking often test the symptomatic knee only. The thesis objectives were: i) identify whether co-contraction between the contra-lateral limb of an OA group (CONTRA) and asymptomatic controls (ASYMP) are different, ii) identify whether knee joint biomechanics were different between groups, and iii) quantify inter-limb co-contraction differences in a healthy control group. Muscle activation was recorded in 20 individuals with moderate OA and 20 asymptomatic individuals for the gastrocnemii, hamstrings and quadriceps after 6 minutes of walking. Co-contraction indices were calculated for loading response, midstance and terminal stance, as well as gait biomechanical variables in the sagittal and frontal planes. Co-contraction was not different in between groups, however gait biomechanics were. Results suggest from a co-contraction perspective, the contra-lateral knee in individuals with unilateral symptomatic moderate knee OA is behaving similar to a healthy limb.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectElectromyographyen_US
dc.subjectGait Analysisen_US
dc.subjectBiomechanicsen_US
dc.subjectKnee Osteoarthritisen_US
dc.subjectTreadmill Walkingen_US
dc.titleCONTRA-LATERAL KNEE JOINT FUNCTION IN MODERATE KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS: AN ELECTROMYOGRAPHIC INVESTIGATION OF KNEE MUSCLE CO-CONTRACTIONen_US
dc.date.defence2017-07-11
dc.contributor.departmentSchool of Physiotherapyen_US
dc.contributor.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.contributor.external-examinerDr. Rebecca Moyeren_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinatorDr. Shaun Boeen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerDr. Cheryl Kozeyen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerDr. Janie Wilsonen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorDr. Derek Rutherforden_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approvalReceiveden_US
dc.contributor.manuscriptsYesen_US
dc.contributor.copyright-releaseYesen_US
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