2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

Case Study: Observing the Differences in Hip Strength and Gait Characteristics
Nicole E. Neville* and Spencer M. Wittmeyer
Dr. Michael Bird, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of the study was to compare right and left hip strength and gait asymmetry in a subject with a surgically repaired left hip labrum. Right and left hip strength was measured using the HUMAC, while gait characteristics in walking and running were measured using the Vicon Nexus. Right and left hip adduction, abduction, extension, flexion, internal and external rotation strength were measured using the HUMAC. There was an imbalance between his right and left hip strength for all actions. All strength measures were also found to be low compared to normative data. The subjects gait had variability within his step lengths, but he did not appear to favor either extremity. Imbalance of hip strength did not seem to impact gait characteristics which may suggest the subjects weaker hip is working harder than the stronger hip to compensate for strength which could increase the risk of injury.

Keywords: HUMAC, Hip Strength, Vicon Nexus, Injury Rehabilitation

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 110-3
Location: MG 2090
Time: 8:30

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