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Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness

Matheus Amarante DO Nascimento, Aline M Gerage, Renata S Januário, Fábio L Pina, Luís A Gobbo, Jerry L Mayhew, Edilson S Cyrino
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests that the aging process tends to lead to sarcopenia and osteoporosis which reduce the quality of life in older women. Resistance training (RT) is widely supported as a means of delaying or offsetting the decline in muscle strength and loss of bone mineral content in older women. The purpose of this investigation was to analyze the effects of a 12-wk RT program (3 times a week) with dietary intake maintenance on muscle strength and body composition of healthy, sedentary older women...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Asal Moghaddaszadeh, Veronica Jamnik, Angelo N Belcastro
BACKGROUND: Emerging evidence suggests that oxygen consumption (VO2) for self-paced physical activity (PA) is underestimated when applying laboratory-based treadmill (TM)-derived regression equations. This study examines the accelerometer (ACC) characteristics for paced TM PA and self-paced children's PA to ascertain if the predictable regulated patterns of paced PA are implicated in the inferior estimates of VO2. METHODS: Children's (9.3±1.2 yrs) (n=21) VO2 (portable oxygen analyzer) and PA (accelerometry) were measured for paced treadmill PA (4-10km/h)...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Fabrício E Rossi, Brad J Schoenfeld, Skyler Ocetnik, Jonathan Young, Andrew Vigotsky, Bret Contreras, James W Krieger, Michael G Miller, Jason Cholewa
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to compare strength, body composition, and functional outcome measures following performance of the back squat, leg press, or a combination of the two exercises. METHODS: Subjects were pair-matched based on initial strength levels and then randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups: A squat-only group (SQ) that solely performed squats for the lower body; a leg press-only group (LP) that solely performed leg presses for the lower body, or; a combined squat and leg press group (SQ-LP) that performed both squats and leg presses for the lower body...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Lara Costa E Silva, Isabel Fragoso, Júlia Teles
BACKGROUND: It's becoming increasingly apparent that sports can present danger in the form of injuries. The extent of this problem calls for preventive actions based on epidemiological research. METHODS: Two questionnaires (LESADO and RAPIL II) were distributed in four schools to 651 subjects aged between 10 and 18 years, involved in different levels of physical activity (PA) - recreative sports, school sports, federated sports and no sports participation (except physical education classes)...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Abbas Asadi, Rodrigo Ramírez-Campillo, Cesar Meylan, Fabio Y Nakamura, Rodrigo Cañas-Jamet, Mikel Izquierdo
BACKGROUND: To compare maximal-intensity exercise adaptations in young basketball players (who were strong individuals at baseline) participating in regular basketball training versus regular plus a volume-based plyometric training program in the pre-season period. METHODS: Young basketball players were recruited and assigned either to a plyometric with regular basketball training group (Experimental group [EG]; n = 8), or a basketball training only group (Control group [CG]; n = 8)...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Alejandro Rodríguez-Fernández, Javier Sánchez Sánchez, José A Rodríguez-Marroyo, David Casamichana, José G Villa
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have analyzed during competitive season different conditioning programs to improve soccer players' repeat sprint ability (RSA). However, few studies have focused on analysing what happens with this ability after small-sided games (SSG)-based training. Thus, the aim of this study was to determine the changes in physical performance after 5-weeks of pre-season training composed of SSGs in amateur soccer players. METHODS: Twenty-four male soccer players performed RSA, a sit-and-reach and two vertical jump (squat and counter movement jump) tests before and after 5-weeks of pre- season training using fundamentally SSGs...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Moktar Chtara, Mehdi Rouissi, Nicola L Bragazzi, Adam L Owen, Monoem Haddad, Karim Chamari
BACKGROUND: Soccer requires maintaining unilateral balance when executing movement with the contralateral leg. Despite the fact that balance requires standing with maintaining isometric posture with the support leg, currently there is a lack of studies regarding the implication of isometric strength on dynamic balance's performance among young soccer players. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the relationship between the Y- balance test and 12 lower limbs isometric strength tests...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Kestutis Skucas, Vaida Pokvytyte
BACKGROUND: Of the research was to examine the effects of twelve weeks of combined dry land strength and resistance swimming training for increasing upper body strength, swimming performance and stroking parameters in swimmers with paraplegia and to determine correlation between these parameters. METHODS: The preliminary, the second (after 4 weeks), the third (after 8 weeks) and the last (after 12 weeks) testing were performed. The measurements consisted of the following assessments: the assessment of isometric strength in dry land (tension force), the assessment of swimming performance and stroke parameters during 50m backstroke, the assessment of strength during tethered swimming (tension force)...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Mike Climstein, Joe Walsh, Mark Debeliso, Tim Heazlewood, Trish Sevene, Kent Adams
BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence indicates adherence to exercise throughout life is concurrent with improved health. World masters games (WMG) have more participants than any other international sporting competition and is under investigated, particularly with regard to indices of cardiovascular disease risk. Therefore, we chose to investigate selected cardiovascular risk factors in WMG participants. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional, observational study which utilized a web-based questionnaire to survey cardiovascular risk factors of WMG participants...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
James P Gavin, Stephen D Myers, Mark E Willems
BACKGROUND: We examined the effect of early-onset of muscle damage and low muscle glycogen on cardiorespiratory and metabolic responses to low-intensity exercise. METHODS: Twelve men cycled for 10 min at 50% maximal oxygen uptake before, and 12 h after a morning downhill run (five, 8 min bouts at -12% gradient, with 2 min rests) under normal (NORM) and lowered glycogen (LOW) conditions, following a cross-over design with conditions separated by six weeks. Cardiorespiratory responses were recorded, with oxidation measures derived from stoichiometry equations...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Alcino D Carvalho, José A Rodrigues Santos
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that total-body resistance training (RT) performed two to three alternating days per week has positive effects on muscle strength and body composition. However, no evidence exists to determine if total-body RT workouts done on consecutive days (CD) are beneficial. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to compare the effects of a total-body RT program performed on three con- secutive or nonconsecutive days (NCD) per week for 7 weeks on maximum strength and body composition in recreationally trained subjects...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Ramazan Kocabaş, Emine S Namiduru, Adnan M Bagçeci, Ali K Erenler, Önder Karakoç, Mustafa Örkmez, Müslüm Akan, Hacı K Erdemli, Seyithan Taysi, Mehmet Tarakçioglu
BACKGROUND: Volleyball is briefly described as an "interval" sport with both aerobic and anaerobic components. Exercise may influence antioxidant/prooxidant balance, which leads to differences in oxidative stress status between athletes in different sport disciplines, but the results of the previous studies are inconsistent. In this study, we aimed to determine the acute effects of exercise on oxidative stress parameters such as serum total oxidant status (TOS) and total antioxidant status (TAS) levels in volleyball players...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Jorge Carlos-Vivas, Juan P Martin-Martinez, Miguel A Hernandez-Mocholi, Jorge Perez-Gomez
BACKGROUND: Vertical jump performance has been evaluated with several devices: force platforms, contact mats, Vertec, accelerometers, infrared cameras and high-velocity cameras; however, the force platform is considered the gold standard for measuring vertical jump height. The purpose of this study was to validate the iPhone app, My Jump, that measures vertical jump height by comparing it with other methods that use the force platform to estimate vertical jump height, namely, vertical velocity at take-off and time in the air...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Barbara Pospieszna, Joanna Karolkiewicz, Jacek Tarnas, Jacek Lewandowski, Maria Laurentowska, Łucja Pilaczyńska-Szcześniak
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of a 12-week Nordic Walking (NW) intervention on nitric oxide synthase activity (eNOS), levels of antibodies against oxidatively modified low-density lipoproteins (oLAb), plasma antioxidant capacity (TAC), thiobarbituric acid reactive substance (TBARS) concentration, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, and atherosclerosis risk factors (AIP) in postmenopausal women. METHODS: A sample of 39 women, divided into two comparable groups: training (n=20) and control (n=19), took part in the study...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Jose I Priego Quesada, Mercedes Sanchís Almenara, Zachary Y Kerr, Enrique Alcantara
BACKGROUND: Padel is a relatively new sport, with steady participation increases over the past 50 years. However, there is a need for data examining injury and associated risk factors. The study examined how intrinsic (e.g. age and sex) and extrinsic factors (e.g. padel participation and equipment) were associated with injury in recreational padel players. METHODS: A self-administered questionnaire completed by 80 recreational padel players between September 2014 and March 2015 acquired data on: respondent demographics and padel-related activities; the number of injuries within the past year; characteristics of the last injury sustained; and extrinsic factors including respondents' evaluations of equipment (e...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Vincenzo Rago, António N Rebelo, Federico Pizzuto, Daniel Barreira
BACKGROUND: The use of sand has been suggested as fitness-enhancing surface in field-based team sports. However, concerns have arisen in regard whether physical responses associated to sand training are sport-specific. We compared physical and technical demands during small-sided football games (4v4 + goalkeeper; SSGs) played on artificial turf and on sand. METHODS: Movement patterns, rating of perceived exertion (RPE) and technical parameters were obtained from eight adult male footballers (20...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Giuseppe Annino, Francesco Palazzo, Mohammad Alwardat, Vincenzo Manzi, Pietro Lebone, Virginia Tancredi, Paola Sinibaldi Salimei, Alfio Caronti, Michele Panzarino, Elvira Padua
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to confirm the effects of long term (chronic) stimulating surface (textured insole) on body balance of elderly people. METHODS: Twenty-four healthy elderly individuals were randomly distributed in two groups: control and experimental (67.75 ± 6.04 yrs, 74.55±12.14 kg, 163.7 ± 8.55 cm, 27.75 ± 3.04 kg/m2). Over one month, Control Group (CG) used smooth insoles and the Experimental Group (ExG) used textured insoles every day...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Ingo Helmich
BACKGROUND: Concussions are common incidences in sports. However, game-specific characteristics such as tactics, field positions, etc. might positively/negatively contribute to the occurrence of mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) in various sports such as soccer, volleyball, handball, or basketball. Thus, the intention of this study was to analyze game- specific characteristics of concussive incidents in active players from the perspective of different sportive disciplines. METHODS: Four sport-specific questionnaires for soccer, handball, volleyball and basketball were established using an online survey tool...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Zbidi Sana, Badrane Zinoubi, Omar Hammouda, Henry Vandewalle, Virgile Serrau, Tarak Driss
BACKGROUND: The effects of a six-week maximal voluntary isometric co-contraction (MIVCC) training program of the elbow flexor and extensor muscles on maximal and explosive muscle strength have been studied. METHODS: Ten active men underwent 6-week MIVCC. Maximal rate of force development (MRFD) of the elbow flexor (MRFDflex) and extensor (MRFDext) were measured in addition to maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) of these muscles (MVCflex and MVCext) before (T0), after 4-week (T1) and 6-week (T2) MIVCC training program...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Claudia M Meirelles, Cristiane Matsuura
BACKGROUND: L-arginine is a semi-essential amino acid involved in nitric oxide production. As nitric oxide is an important vasodilator, L-arginine supplementation would increase blood perfusion and, subsequently, muscle performance during exercises. The aim of this study was to determine the acute effect of L-arginine supplementation on strength performance and nitric oxide levels in healthy trained individuals. METHODS: In a doubleblind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study, 12 men were randomly assigned to L-arginine or placebo supplementation...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
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