Limb Length Discrepancy and Gait Parameters of Amateur Football Players in Lagos State, Nigeria
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South African Journal of sport Medicine
Background: Football is a widely played sport globally. Limb length discrepancies have been found to be common among football players and these may lead to abnormal gait. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between limb length discrepancy (LLD) and gait parameters of amateur football players in Lagos State, Nigeria. Methods: Eighty-nine amateur football players participated in the cross-sectional study. They were recruited from different stadia in Lagos State. Limb length and gait parameters were measured using tape and footprint measurements. Results: The prevalence of real limb length discrepancy among the participants was 75% (n = 67). The results of this study showed that the right leg was the shorter leg in 60% (n = 53) of the participants. There was no significant correlation between gait parameters and limb length measurement. Conclusion: Although limb length discrepancy is common among amateur football players in Lagos State, the relationship between limb length and gait parameters is weak.
Athletes , Real leg length , Step length , Spatial distance , Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Akodu AK, Akindele OA (2020). Limb Length Discrepancy and Gait Parameters of Amateur Football Players in Lagos State, Nigeria. South African Journal of Sports Medicine.32:1-3. DOI: 10.17159/2078-516X/2020/v32i1a8029