Effects of side-dominance on knee joint proprioceptive target-matching asymmetries

K. Galamb, B. Szilágyi, O. M. Magyar, T. Hortobágyi, R. Nagatomi, M. Váczi, J. Négyesi

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Abstract

Aims: Right- and left-side-dominant individuals reveal target-matching asymmetries between joints of the dominant and non-dominant upper limbs. However, it is unclear if such asymmetries are also present in lower limb’s joints. We hypothesized that right-side-dominant participants perform knee joint target-matching tasks more accurately with their non-dominant leg compared to left-side-dominant participants. Methods: Participants performed position sense tasks using each leg by moving each limb separately and passively on an isokinetic dynamometer. Results: Side-dominance affected (p < 0.05) knee joint absolute position errors only in the non-dominant leg but not in the dominant leg: right-side-dominant participants produced less absolute position errors (2.82° ± 0.72°) with the non-dominant leg compared to left-side-dominant young participants (3.54° ± 0.33°). Conclusions: In conclusion, right-side-dominant participants tend to perform a target-matching task more accurately with the non-dominant leg compared to left-side-dominant participants. Our results extend the literature by showing that right-hemisphere specialization under proprioceptive target-matching tasks May be not evident at the lower limb joints.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-265
Number of pages9
JournalPhysiology International
Volume105
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Sep

Keywords

  • Dynamometer
  • Handedness
  • Knee joint
  • Laterality
  • Position sense

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology (medical)

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