Running Kinematics Analysis of Collegiate Long Distance Runners with a History of Iliotibial Band Syndrome

D'Artagnan Kilgore and Dr. JongHun Sung and Dr. Karen Appleby, Department of Human Performance and Sport Studies, Idaho State University, 921 South 8th Ave. Stop 8105, Pocatello ID 83209

Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) is a common overuse knee injury in long-distance runners causing lateral knee pain. Although there are many risk factors associated with ITBS, some biomechanical risk factors are modifiable through treatment and therapeutic exercise. These factors include, but are not limited to, excessive hip adduction, internal rotation of the hip/knee, and rearfoot eversion while running. Technology such as a 2 or 3-dimensional video analysis allows researchers to evaluate the kinematics (joint angle, velocity, etc.) in various human motions. Thus, the purpose of this study is to comprehensively assess the lower limb kinematics using a 2D motion capture system in collegiate long-distance runners with a history of ITBS and compare them to those without a history of ITBS. It is hypothesized that those with a history of ITBS will exhibit more risk factors associated with ITBS than those with no history. To investigate our hypothesis, 30 collegiate long-distance runners will be recruited. The runners will be divided into two groups: those with a recent ITBS history and those without a history of ITBS.  Each runner will be asked to run for 30 minutes on a treadmill with different intervals at several speeds. To record and evaluate the runner's lower limb kinematics during running, two high-speed cameras will be placed in two locations: 1) the side of the treadmill to capture the motions occurring in the sagittal plane, and 2) the back of the treadmill to evaluate the movements occurring in the frontal plane. Once recorded, the runners' running kinematics will be examined to identify biomechanical risk factors associated with ITBS, including excessive hip adduction, internal knee rotation, rearfoot eversion, hip drop, and overstriding. It is expected that the group of runners with a history of ITBS will display one or more of these risk factors.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: D'Artagnan Kilgore

Institution: Idaho State University

Type: Poster

Subject: Exercise Science & Nutrition

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 7
Date/Time: Tue 3:30pm-4:30pm
Session Number: 5026