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Healthy and Knee Osteoarthritis volunteers required

Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease
Evolutionary Morphology and Biomechanics Group

Miral Alkahtani, is currently seeking Healthy and Knee Osteoarthritis volunteers to take part in the below study:

Study title: Biomechanical effect of Tai Chi for knee osteoarthritis.

Aims of the study: to gain a more thorough understanding of the loading on the knees joint with ageing in healthy Individuals and Individuals with knee osteoarthritis and to identify the appropriate management for knee osteoarthritis.
Duration: any (2 hours) from 9 am – 6 pm
Number of sessions: 2 sessions in the lab before and after Tai chi program
- Location: Gait Laboratory in Ground Floor, William Henry Duncan Building (WHD) Building/ University of Liverpool
You can take part if you meet these criteria:
- Male and female, aged 50 – 65 years
- Healthy
- Or One or both knee osteoarthritis
You cannot take part if any of the below is true:
- Sever pain/Unable to walk
- Cardio-respiratory or neurological problem
- Musculoskeletal problem other than osteoarthritis
- Low back pain
- Overweight/ BMI = 30
- Participating in any strength training or home exercise programme
Intervention: Free 16 sessions of Tai chi for rehabilitation (twice a week)
- Location: will be in :

Pal Multicultural Centre:
Tuesday & Thursday 11 am – 12 pm

Al Ghazali Centre:
Monday 12 pm – 1 pm & Wednesday 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Liverpool Medical Institution 114 Mount Pleasant
Tuesday and Friday from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Study description: 1- participants would be required to wear skin-tight short and t-short (or bring them to the lab). So,
- Reflecting markers will be attached to the skin over bony landmarks using hypoallergenic tape.
- Motion capture 12 cameras will be calculated marker positions to investigate loading on the knee during walking on the 2 force platforms
- Dynamic balance will be performed in four directions: anterior, poster-medial, poster-lateral , posterior.
- Cybex dynamo-meter chair will be used to test Isokinetic + Isometric muscle strength
Researcher: Miral Alkahtani mirame@liverpool.ac.uk
If you decide that you would like to take part in this study and for further information, please contact the researcher Miral or her supervisor Dr Kris D'Aout kdaout@liverpool.ac.uk and that would be appreciated.

Angelika Stoker
Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease