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Changes in the lower limb alignment during the gait in advanced phases of pregnancy and the effect of special footwear



Year of publication 2018
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Revista EuroAmericana de Ciencias del Deporte
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Sports Studies

Keywords Kinematic Analysis; Gait; Pregnancy; Special footwear
Description The hip, knee and foot pain are common complaints during pregnancy as pregnancy afects the musculoskeletal health. he purpose of the study was to investigate the pregnancy gait adaptations and the efect of special footwear. 16 pregnant women divided into a control and experimental group, who obtained the special footwear, participating at 27, 32 and 37 gestational weeks in data collection sessions. At each session participants were asked to go barefoot in a space captured by the Simi Motion®. To compare the diferences between diferent collection sessions, efect size obtained by Cohen’s d was used. Results of this study showed, that using the tested footwear enabled a verticalization of the pelvic segment, increase of the maximum hip extension angle, reduction of foot-loor angle and maintaining the same height of the knee during walking in the experimental group, possibly decreasing the risk of pain development in these body segments during pregnancy.
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