Analysis of different stop-jumping strategies on the biomechanical changes in the lower limbs

Huiyu Zhou, Datao Xu, Chaoyi Chen, Ukadike Chris Ugbolue, Julien S. Baker, Yaodong Gu*

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The stop-jumping task is one of the most important technical actions in basketball. A previous study showed 70% probability of non-contact ACL injuries during stop-jumping tasks. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the differences in lower extremity biomechanical changes between the rear foot as the initial contact area to terminate the jump (SJR) and the fore foot as the initial contact area to also terminate the jump (SJF) during the horizontal landing during a stop-jumping phase. In total, 25 male amateur Ningbo University basketball athletes from China were recruited for this study. The participants were asked to jump vertically by using two different stop-jumping strategies. Kinematic and kinetics data were amassed during a stop-jumping task. Statistical parametric mapping (SPM) analysis was used to find the differences between SJR and SJF. Our results indicated that the change of different ankle range of motion caused significantly different values for knee angle (p < 0.001), velocity (p = 0.003) (p = 0.023) (p < 0.001), moment (p = 0.04) (p < 0.001), (p = 0.036) and power (p = 0.015) (p < 0.001) during the stop-jumping phase and the horizontal landing phase. The same biomechanical parameters of the hip joint were also significantly different for hip angle (p < 0.001), moment (p = 0.012) (p < 0.001) (p <0.001), and power (p = 0.01) (p < 0.001) (p<0.001). These findings indicate that altering the primary contact at the ankle angle might effectively reduce the risk of a knee injury.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4633
Number of pages17
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Instrumentation
  • Engineering(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

User-Defined Keywords

  • Horizontal landing phase
  • Landing injury
  • Statistical parametric mapping
  • Stop-jumping task


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