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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324754/effects-of-sit-to-stand-training-combined-with-transcutaneous-electrical-stimulation-on-spasticity-muscle-strength-and-balance-ability-in-patients-with-stroke-a-randomized-controlled-study
#1
Kyoung-Sim Jung, Tae-Sung In, Hwi-Young Cho
Sit-to-stand is a fundamental movement of human being for performing mobility and independent activity. However, Stroke people symptoms experience difficulty in conducting the sit-to-stand due to paralysis and especially ankle spasticity. Recently, transcutaneouselectrical- stimulation (TENS) is used to reduce pain but also to manage spasticity. The purpose of this study was to determine (1) whether TENS would lead to ankle spasticity reduction and (2) whether sit-to-stand training combined with TENS would improve spasticity, muscle strength and balance ability in stroke patients...
March 10, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292716/effect-of-whole-body-vibration-on-center-of-mass-movement-during-standing-in-children-and-young-adults
#2
Huaqing Liang, Matthew Beerse, Xiang Ke, Jianhua Wu
Whole body vibration (WBV) can affect postural control and muscular activation. The purpose of this study was to investigate the center-of-mass (COM) movement of children and young adults before, during, immediately after, and 5min after 40-s WBV in quiet standing. Fourteen young adults (mean age 24.5 years) and fourteen children (mean age 8.1 years) participated in the study. A full-body 35-marker set was placed on the participants and used to calculate COM. Forty-second standing trials were collected before, during, immediately after, and 5min after WBV with an frequency of 28Hz and an amplitude of <1mm...
March 8, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324752/vertical-ground-reaction-force-during-standing-and-walking-are-they-related-to-bone-mineral-density-left-right-asymmetries
#3
Marina Brozgol, Mira Arbiv, Anat Mirelman, Talia Herman, Jeffrey M Hausdorff, Nachum Vaisman
Osteoporosis is a systemic skeletal disease that is characterized by reduced bone mass, deterioration of bone tissue and skeletal fragility. The purpose of the current study was to determine whether asymmetrical femur bone mineral density (BMD) is associated with asymmetrical gait and standing. We compared measures of gait and standing asymmetry in subjects with (n=38) and without (n=11) significant left-right differences in BMD. Participants walked for 72m at their comfortable speed and stood quietly for 60s while outfitted with pressure-sensitive insoles...
March 7, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324755/sedentary-behavior-different-types-of-operationalization-influence-outcome-measures
#4
Malou H J Fanchamps, Hendrika J G van den Berg-Emons, Henk J Stam, Johannes B J Bussmann
INTRODUCTION: Sedentary behavior (SB) influences health status independently of physical activity. The formal definition of SB is: "any waking behavior characterized by an energy expenditure ≤1.5 METs while in a sitting or reclining posture". However, measuring SB mostly does not include both the intensity and postural component. The aim of this study was to quantify the effect of type of operationalization of SB on total sedentary time and the pattern of SB. METHODS: 53 healthy subjects were measured 24h with a multi-sensor activity monitor that provides a valid one-second detection of body postures and movements and a calculated intensity measure...
March 6, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324753/error-augmentation-feedback-for-lateral-weight-shifting
#5
Kevin O'Brien, Charles R Crowell, James Schmiedeler
This study examines the effect of error augmentation of center of pressure (CoP) visual feedback on the performance of a lateral weight shifting task. Error augmentation emphasizes deviations from a standard CoP trajectory generated from existing data of over 2000 weight shifts collected with young, healthy subjects. Thirty-six subjects completed nine lateral weight shifting sessions, of which four were training sessions between each of the five testing sessions. Half of the subjects received error augmentation feedback during the training sessions, while the other half received the unaltered, control feedback...
March 6, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301824/using-a-dual-task-protocol-to-investigate-motor-and-cognitive-performance-in-healthy-children-and-youth
#6
Tracy L Fabri, Katherine E Wilson, Nicole Holland, Andrea Hickling, James Murphy, Philippe Fait, Nick Reed
OBJECTIVES: Mild traumatic brain injury (or concussion) is a prevalent yet understudied health concern in children and youth. This injury can cause dysfunction in both motor and cognitive domains; however, most literature focuses on single-task neuropsychological tests which only assess cognition. Although dual-task research on concussed children and youth is needed as many daily activities require both motor and cognitive domains, we must first investigate whether performing simultaneous motor and cognitive tasks of varied complexity impact these domains in healthy children and youth...
March 6, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292715/footwear-characteristics-are-related-to-running-mechanics-in-runners-with-patellofemoral-pain
#7
Jean-Francois Esculier, Blaise Dubois, Laurent J Bouyer, Bradford J McFadyen, Jean-Sébastien Roy
Running footwear is known to influence step rate, foot inclination at foot strike, average vertical loading rate (VLR) and peak patellofemoral joint (PFJ) force. However, the association between the level of minimalism of running shoes and running mechanics, especially with regards to these relevant variables for runners with patellofemoral pain (PFP), has yet to be investigated. The objective of this study was to explore the relationship between the level of minimalism of running shoes and habitual running kinematics and kinetics in runners with PFP...
March 6, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284144/effects-of-visual-deprivation-on-stability-among-young-and-older-adults-during-treadmill-walking
#8
Fabricio Saucedo, Feng Yang
The purposes of this study were 1) to investigate the effect of visual deprivation on stability during treadmill walking in older and young adults, and 2) to examine if such an effect differs between age groups. Under the protection of a safety harness, 10 young (23.20±2.44years) and six older adults (67.83±2.48years) participants performed two 90-s walking trials (one with eyes open or EO and the other with eyes closed or EC) at their self-selected treadmill walking speeds determined during EO walking. The step length, step width, foot landing angle, the duration of stance phase, and cadence were calculated from the foot kinematics collected for each participant...
March 6, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288334/trunk-biomechanics-during-hemiplegic-gait-after-stroke-a-systematic-review
#9
REVIEW
Tamaya Van Criekinge, Wim Saeys, Ann Hallemans, Silke Velghe, Pieter-Jan Viskens, Luc Vereeck, Willem De Hertogh, Steven Truijen
Stroke commonly results in trunk impairments that are associated with decreased trunk coordination and limited trunk muscle strength. These impairments often result in biomechanical changes during walking. Additionally, the so-called pelvic step might be influenced by these impairments. Therefore, the aim of this review was twofold. First, to gain more insight into trunk biomechanics during walking in stroke patients compared to healthy individuals. Second, to investigate the influence of walking speed on trunk biomechanics...
March 4, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288331/within-assessor-reliability-and-minimal-detectable-change-of-gait-kinematics-in-a-young-obese-demographic
#10
Brian Horsak, Barbara Pobatschnig, Arnold Baca, Susanne Greber-Platzer, Alexandra Kreissl, Stefan Nehrer, Barbara Wondrasch, Richard Crevenna, Mohammad Keilani, Andreas Kranzl
INTRODUCTION: Three-dimensional gait analysis (3DGA) in obese populations is a difficult task due to a great amount of subcutaneous fat. This makes it more challenging to identify anatomical landmarks, thus leading to inconsistent marker placement. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the test-retest reliability for kinematic measurements of obese children and adolescents. METHODS: Nine males and two females with an age-based BMI above the 97th percentile (age: 14...
March 2, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301825/combined-versus-individual-effects-of-a-valgus-knee-brace-and-lateral-wedge-foot-orthotic-during-stair-use-in-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis
#11
Rebecca Moyer, Trevor Birmingham, Colin Dombroski, Robert Walsh, J Robert Giffin
The aim of this study was to investigate the combined and individual biomechanical effects of a valgus knee brace and a lateral wedge foot orthotic during stair ascent and descent in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Thirty-five patients with varus alignment and medial knee OA were prescribed a custom valgus knee brace and lateral wedge foot orthotic. Knee angles and moments in the frontal and sagittal planes were determined from 3D gait analysis completed under four randomized conditions: (1) control (no knee brace or foot orthotic), (2) knee brace, (3) foot orthotic, and (4) combined knee brace and foot orthotic...
March 1, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279851/the-sensitivity-of-shoulder-muscle-and-joint-force-predictions-to-changes-in-joint-kinematics-a-monte-carlo-analysis
#12
Wen Wu, Peter Vee Sin Lee, David C Ackland
Kinematics of the shoulder girdle obtained from non-invasive measurement systems such as video motion analysis, accelerometers and magnetic tracking sensors has been shown to be adversely affected by instrumentation measurement errors and skin motion artefact. The degree to which musculoskeletal model calculations of shoulder muscle and joint loading are influenced by variations in joint kinematics is currently not well understood. A three-dimensional musculoskeletal model of the upper limb was used to evaluate the sensitivity of shoulder muscle and joint force...
March 1, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279850/accuracy-and-repeatability-of-single-pose-calibration-of-inertial-measurement-units-for-whole-body-motion-analysis
#13
Xavier Robert-Lachaine, Hakim Mecheri, Christian Larue, André Plamondon
Portable inertial measurement units (IMUs) are suitable for motion analysis outside the laboratory. However, IMUs depend on the calibration of each body segment to measure human movement. Different calibration approaches have been developed for simplicity of use or similarity to laboratory motion analysis, but they have not been extensively examined. The main objective of the study was to determine the accuracy and repeatability of two common single-pose calibrations (N-pose and T-pose) under different conditions of placement (self-placement and passive placement), as well as their similarity to laboratory analysis based on anatomical landmarks...
March 1, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288333/metric-learning-for-parkinsonian-identification-from-imu-gait-measurements
#14
Fabio Cuzzolin, Michael Sapienza, Patrick Esser, Suman Saha, Miss Marloes Franssen, Johnny Collett, Helen Dawes
Diagnosis of people with mild Parkinson's symptoms is difficult. Nevertheless, variations in gait pattern can be utilised to this purpose, when measured via Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs). Human gait, however, possesses a high degree of variability across individuals, and is subject to numerous nuisance factors. Therefore, off-the-shelf Machine Learning techniques may fail to classify it with the accuracy required in clinical trials. In this paper we propose a novel framework in which IMU gait measurement sequences sampled during a 10m walk are first encoded as hidden Markov models (HMMs) to extract their dynamics and provide a fixed-length representation...
February 27, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288332/energy-cost-during-walking-in-association-with-age-and-body-height-in-children-and-young-adults-with-cerebral-palsy
#15
Eline A M Bolster, Astrid C J Balemans, Merel-Anne Brehm, Annemieke Buizer, Annet J Dallmeijer
AIM: This cross-sectional study into children and young adults with cerebral palsy (CP) aimed to assess the association of gross energy cost (EC), net EC and net nondimensional (NN) EC during walking with age and body height, compared to typically developing (TD) peers. METHOD: Data was collected in 128 participants with CP (mean age 11y9mo; GMFCS I,n=48; II,n=56; III, n=24) and in 63 TD peers (mean age 12y5mo). Energy cost was assessed by measuring the oxygen consumption during over-ground walking at comfortable speed...
February 27, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273601/reducing-gait-speed-affects-axial-coordination-of-walking-turns
#16
Caroline Forsell, David Conradsson, Caroline Paquette, Erika Franzén
Turning is a common feature of daily life and dynamic coordination of the axial body segments is a cornerstone for safe and efficient turning. Although slow walking speed is a common trait of old age and neurological disorders, little is known about the effect of walking speed on axial coordination during walking turns. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of walking speed on axial coordination during walking turns in healthy elderly adults. Seventeen healthy elderly adults randomly performed 180° left and right turns while walking in their self-selected comfortable pace and in a slow pace speed...
February 27, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279852/effectiveness-of-surgical-and-non-surgical-management-of-crouch-gait-in-cerebral-palsy-a-systematic-review
#17
REVIEW
Scott A Galey, Zachary F Lerner, Thomas C Bulea, Seymour Zimbler, Diane L Damiano
BACKGROUND: Cerebral palsy (CP) is a prevalent group of neuromotor disorders caused by early injury to brain regions or pathways that control movement. Patients with CP exhibit a range of functional motor disabilities and pathologic gait patterns. Crouch gait, characterized by increased knee flexion throughout stance, is a common gait pattern in CP that increases energy costs of walking and contributes to ambulatory decline. Our aim was to perform the first systematic literature review on the effectiveness of interventions utilized to ameliorate crouch gait in CP...
February 24, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259041/trunk-sway-in-idiopathic-normal-pressure-hydrocephalus-quantitative-assessment-in-clinical-practice
#18
Tomas Bäcklund, Jennifer Frankel, Hanna Israelsson, Jan Malm, Nina Sundström
BACKGROUND: In diagnosis and treatment of patients with idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH), there is need for clinically applicable, quantitative assessment of balance and gait. Using a body-worn gyroscopic system, the aim of this study was to assess postural stability of iNPH patients in standing, walking and during sensory deprivation before and after cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) drainage and surgery. A comparison was performed between healthy elderly (HE) and patients with various types of hydrocephalus (ventriculomegaly (VM))...
February 24, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259038/the-effects-of-attentional-focus-and-cognitive-tasks-on-postural-sway-may-be-the-result-of-automaticity
#19
Natalie Richer, Deanna Saunders, Nadia Polskaia, Yves Lajoie
Research reveals improvements in postural control when focus is placed on movement effects rather than movement production, and further improvements during the performance of a concurrent cognitive task. It has yet to be determined if these changes are due to the use of an ankle stiffening strategy or to the use of more automatic postural control processes. The objectives of the present study were to replicate the effect of attentional focus and cognitive tasks on postural control and to test that no change occurs in lower leg muscle activity in these conditions...
February 24, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254684/attention-is-associated-with-postural-control-in-those-with-chronic-ankle-instability
#20
Adam B Rosen, Nicholas T Than, William Z Smith, Jennifer M Yentes, Melanie L McGrath, Mukul Mukherjee, Sara A Myers, Arthur C Maerlender
Chronic ankle instability (CAI) is often debilitating and may be affected by a number of intrinsic and environmental factors. Alterations in neurocognitive function and attention may contribute to repetitive injury in those with CAI and influence postural control strategies. Thus, the purpose of this study was to determine if there was a difference in attentional functioning and static postural control among groups of Comparison, Coper and CAI participants and assess the relationship between them within each of the groups...
February 24, 2017: Gait & Posture
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