International Journal of Exercise Science 15(1): 1306-1316, 2022. 3-D inertial measurement units (IMUs) have advantages over other types of motion capture systems, as IMUs cannot be obstructed by equipment and gear. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to assess the reliability of IMUs in measuring joint angles at the hip, knee, and ankle during two types of single-leg landings: 1) drop-landing (DL) and 2) leap-landing (LL). Nineteen subjects, both males (n = 9, 21.88 ± 1.64 yrs, 178.36 ± 9.68 cm, 185.68 ± 16.63 kg) and females (n = 11, 22.45 ± 4.32 yrs, 171.57 ± 6.55 cm, 70.95 ± 14.99 kg) participated in this study. Participants performed three trials of both tasks. The DL required the participant to drop onto their dominant leg from a 30 cm box onto force plate. The LL task required participants to leap over a 20 cm hurdle onto the force plate. ICC values and SEM calculations were used to assess the IMU’s reliability. Overall, IMUs displayed fair-to-excellent reliability for both tasks (ICC = 0.442-0.962), aside from ankle inversion (ICC = 0.290) & ankle abduction (ICC = 0.216) at initial ground contact and ankle abduction (ICC = 0.234) at maximum vertical ground reaction force, both during the LL task. IMUs can be a reliable measurement tool for lower extremity motion during dynamic landing, so long as factors related to reliability at the ankle are considered.
Thomas, Jacob M. and Kollock, Roger O.
"The Reliability of Three-Dimensional Inertial Measurement Units in Capturing Lower-Body Joint Kinematics during Single-Leg Landing Tasks,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 15
1, Pages 1306 - 1316.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijes/vol15/iss1/10