The Effect of Foot Position on Center of Foot Pressure during Squatting in Female Athletes
Squatting can be an effective exercise to strengthen lower body muscles but must be completed with proper form to prevent injury and optimize benefits. While squatting, the center of pressure of the foot impacts a person’s center of mass, which is integral to the quality of a squat. The location of the center of pressure on the foot can affect knee joint stresses, which impact injury risk and the efficiency of the squat. Current literature lacks information on the foot center of pressure in females while squatting in various foot positions. Studying the center of foot pressure in female squatters would determine if certain squat stances are safer than others. In this study, the location of the peak center of foot pressure in two females for three squatting stances is measured. Foot positions with feet pointed forward, slightly outward, and slightly inward are analyzed. The positions of the center of pressure are normalized for all subjects and a coordinate system is defined to make the measurements consistent for all subjects. Tekscan Strideway Gait Analysis System is used to record foot pressure during squatting. Statistical analysis will be used to determine if altering foot position causes significant changes in the center of pressure on the foot.
Wolok, Adelina; Luke, Bethany; and Krazl, Kelly Alice, "The Effect of Foot Position on Center of Foot Pressure during Squatting in Female Athletes" (2023). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 1214.