Analysis of the center of pressure displacement, ground reaction force and muscular activity during step exercises

J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2011 Oct;21(5):712-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2011.07.014. Epub 2011 Aug 23.


Anterior Knee Pain (AKP) is considered as one of the most common, yet misunderstood, knee pathologies. The aim of this study was to evaluate the displacement area of the center of pressure, Ground Reaction Force (GRF), and the electromyography activity of the hip and the quadriceps muscles in healthy and AKP individuals during the step-up and step-down exercises. Both groups (Control group and AKP group) were composed of 15 volunteers submitted to the exercises on a force plate. The AKP group presented greater displacement area of the center of pressure for all the situations evaluated than the Control group (p<0.05), as well as a lesser magnitude of the GRF during the step-down exercise. The AKP group presented lower electromyography activity than the Control group in all situations evaluated. AKP individuals do not have muscle imbalances; they present a lower electromyography activity of the stabilizing muscles of the patella and hip and show greater instability in activities such as step up and down compared to normal subjects.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Electromyography
  • Female
  • Hip Joint / physiology
  • Humans
  • Lower Extremity / physiology*
  • Movement / physiology*
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
  • Postural Balance / physiology*
  • Pressure*