Comparison of knee-joint moments in male and female college soccer players during a single-leg landing

J. Craig Garrison*, Joe M. Hart, Riann M. Palmieri, D. Casey Kerrigan, Christopher D. Ingersoll

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Context: Although kinematic analyses are helpful in describing movement differences between genders, kinetic data might further explain the predisposing factors contributing to potential injury during athletic landing maneuvers. Objective: To determine whether there are differences in knee moments between male and female varsity college soccer players during a single-leg landing. Design: Preexperimental with static group comparison. Setting: Motion-analysis laboratory. Participants: 16 varsity college soccer players (8 men, 8 women). Intervention: Subjects performed 5 single-leg landings from a height of 60 cm. Main Outcome Measures: Peak internal rotation, valgus, varus, and extension knee moments calculated from raw ground-reaction forces and kinematic data. Results: Significant gender differences were present (P = .020), with men exhibiting 31% greater mean peak knee-varus moments than women when landing on a single leg from 60 cm (P = .020). Conclusions: Male soccer players demonstrate greater knee-varus moments than female soccer players during single-leg landing. This might be valuable in designing clinical treatment and prevention programs for ACL injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-337
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Sport Rehabilitation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • ACL
  • Gender differences
  • Kinetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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