Effect of BMI on Knee Joint Torques in Ergometer Rowing
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Nutrition Exercise and Health Sciences
Although an authoritative panel recommended the use of ergometer rowing as a non-weight-bearing form of exercise for obese adults, the biomechanical characterization of ergometer rowing is strikingly absent. We examined the interaction between body mass index (BMI) relative to the lower extremity biomechanics during rowing in 10 normal weight (BMI 18–25), 10 overweight (BMI 25–30 kg·m−2), and 10 obese (BMI > 30 kg·m−2) participants. The results showed that BMI affects joint kinematics and primarily knee joint kinetics. The data revealed that high BMI leads to unfavorable knee joint torques, implying increased loads of the medial compartment in the knee joint that could be avoided by allowing more variable foot positioning on future designs of rowing ergometers.
Roemer, K., Hortobagyi, T., Richter, C., Munoz-Maldonado, Y., & Hamilton, S. (2013). Effect of BMI on Knee Joint Torques in Ergometer Rowing. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 29(6), 763–768. https://doi.org/10.1123/jab.29.6.763
Journal of Applied Biomechanics
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