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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088661/reduced-cortical-voluntary-activation-during-bilateral-knee-extension
#1
Luc Girompaire, Baptiste Morel, Thomas Lapole
INTRODUCTION: Reduced neural drive is mainly thought to explain the bilateral deficit phenomenon, i.e. the difference in maximal isometric voluntary contraction (MVC) between unilateral and bilateral contractions. The aim of the present study was to further document if bilateral knee extension is associated with changes in voluntary activation level assessed by both peripheral nerve electrical stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation. METHODS: Fourteen subjects performed unilateral and bilateral knee extensions with both superimposed femoral electrical nerve stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation in order to assess voluntary activation (VAFNES) and cortical voluntary activation (VATMS), respectively...
January 12, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088660/processes-of-anticipatory-postural-adjustment-and-step-movement-of-gait-initiation
#2
Hiroki Mizusawa, Yasutomo Jono, Yasuyuki Iwata, Atsushi Kinoshita, Koichi Hiraoka
The purpose of this study was to elucidate whether the anticipatory postural adjustment (APA) and focal step movement of gait initiation are produced as a single process or different processes and whether the APA receives an inhibitory drive from the ongoing stop process of gait initiation. Healthy humans initiated gait in response to a first visual cue that instructed the initial swing leg. In some trials, a switch or stop cue was also provided after the first cue. When the stop cue was provided, participants withheld gait initiation...
January 12, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068561/classifying-the-variability-in-impact-and-active-peak-vertical-ground-reaction-forces-during-running-using-dfa-and-arfima-models
#3
Samantha L Winter, John H Challis
The vertical ground reaction force (VGRF) during rear-foot striking running typically exhibits peaks referred to as the impact peak and the active peak; their timings and magnitudes have been implicated in injury. Identifying the structure of time-series can provide insight into associated control processes. The purpose here was to detect long-range correlations associated with the time from first contact to impact peak (TIP) and active peak (TAP); and the magnitudes of impact (IPM) and active peaks (APM) using a Detrended Fluctuation Analysis, and Auto-Regressive Fractionally Integrated Moving Average models...
January 6, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038330/the-effects-of-a-simultaneous-cognitive-or-motor-task-on-the-kinematics-of-walking-in-older-fallers-and-non-fallers
#4
Renato Campos Freire Júnior, Jaqueline Mello Porto, Nise Ribeiro Marques, Paola Errera Magnani, Daniela Cristina Carvalho de Abreu
Human gait has been widely investigated under dual-task conditions because it has been demonstrated to be an important way to uncover differences in gait biomechanics between older fallers and non-fallers. However, exactly how simultaneous tasks affect the kinematics of walking remains unclear. In the present study, gait kinematic properties of older fallers and non-fallers were compared under cognitive and motor dual-task conditions. The gait kinematic properties of interest were recorded under three different conditions: walking at preferred speed, walking when performing a cognitive task (naming animals), and walking when performing a motor task (transferring a coin from one pocket to the other)...
December 27, 2016: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027463/quantifying-knee-mechanics-during-balance-training-exercises
#5
Lauren C Benson, Thomas G Almonroeder, Kristian M O'Connor
Patellofemoral pain (PFP) is common among runners and those recovering from anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Training programs designed to prevent or treat injuries often include balance training, although balance interventions have been reported to coincide with more knee injuries. Knowledge of the effect of balance exercises on knee mechanics may be useful when designing training programs. High knee abduction moment has been implicated in the development of PFP, and imbalance between vastus lateralis (VL) and vastus medialis oblique (VMO) may contribute to patellofemoral stress...
December 24, 2016: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027462/the-influence-of-asymmetric-force-requirements-on-a-multi-frequency-bimanual-coordination-task
#6
Deanna M Kennedy, Joohyun Rhee, Judith Jimenez, Charles H Shea
An experiment was designed to determine the impact of the force requirements on the production of bimanual 1:2 coordination patterns requiring the same (symmetric) or different (asymmetric) forces when Lissajous displays and goal templates are provided. The Lissajous displays have been shown to minimize the influence of attentional and perceptual constraints allowing constraints related to neural crosstalk to be more clearly observed. Participants (N=20) were randomly assigned to a force condition in which the left or right limb was required to produce more force than the contralateral limb...
December 24, 2016: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017771/synthesis-of-asymmetric-movement-trajectories-in-timed-rhythmic-behaviour-by-means-of-frequency-modulation
#7
Carl Haakon Waadeland
Results from different empirical investigations on gestural aspects of timed rhythmic movements indicate that the production of asymmetric movement trajectories is a feature that seems to be a common characteristic of various performances of repetitive rhythmic patterns. The behavioural or neural origin of these asymmetrical trajectories is, however, not identified. In the present study we outline a theoretical model that is capable of producing syntheses of asymmetric movement trajectories documented in empirical investigations by Balasubramaniam et al...
December 22, 2016: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012789/reliability-and-validity-of-the-finnish-version-of-the-motor-observation-questionnaire-for-teachers
#8
P Asunta, H Viholainen, T Ahonen, M Cantell, J Westerholm, M M Schoemaker, P Rintala
OBJECTIVES: Observational screening instruments are often used as an effective, economical first step in the identification of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). The aim was to investigate the psychometric properties of the Finnish version of the Motor Observation Questionnaire for Teachers (MOQ-T-FI). METHODS: The psychometric properties were tested using two separate samples (S1: age range 6-12, M 9y 5mo, females 101, males 92; S2: age range 6-9, M 7y 7mo, females 404, males 446)...
December 21, 2016: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012385/separation-of-rotational-and-translational-segmental-momentum-to-assess-movement-coordination-during-walking
#9
Brecca M M Gaffney, Cory L Christiansen, Amanda M Murray, Anne K Silverman, Bradley S Davidson
This investigation presents an analysis of segmental angular momentum to describe segmental coordination during walking. Generating and arresting momentum is an intuitive concept, and also forms the foundation of Newton-Euler dynamics. Total segmental angular momentum is separated into separate components, translational angular momentum (TAM) and rotational angular momentum (RAM), which provide different but complementary perspectives of the segmental dynamics needed to achieve forward progression during walking...
December 21, 2016: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939726/the-use-of-visually-guided-behaviour-in-children-with-developmental-coordination-disorder-dcd-when-crossing-a-virtual-road
#10
Catherine Purcell, Kate Wilmut, John P Wann
The ability to safely cross a road is a perceptual-motor skill that involves coordination between a pedestrian's perception of the approaching vehicles and their locomotive capability to execute the road crossing action. Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is a chronic disorder that is characterised by significant motor difficulties that impact on daily living, including a reduced ability to perform visually guided actions. A total of 25 typically developing primary school aged children and 25 age- and gender-matched children with DCD were presented with a virtual desktop task that required them to select suitable temporal crossing gaps between vehicles a stream of traffic approaching at either 20mph, 30mph or 40mph from the near-side (one-lane) or both near+far-sides (two-lane)...
December 7, 2016: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923175/errors-in-the-ankle-plantarflexor-force-production-are-related-to-the-gait-deficits-of-individuals-with-multiple-sclerosis
#11
Brenda L Davies, Rashelle M Hoffman, Kathleen Healey, Rana Zabad, Max J Kurz
BACKGROUND: Individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) often have limited mobility that is thought to be due to the neuromuscular impairments of the ankle. Greater isometric motor control of the ankle has been associated with better standing postural balance but its relationship to mobility is less understood. The objectives of this investigation were to quantify the motor control of the ankle plantarflexors of individuals with MS during a dynamic isometric motor task, and explore the relationship between the ankle force control and gait alterations...
December 3, 2016: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918960/effects-of-knee-action-phase-and-fatigue-on-rectus-femoris-and-biceps-femoris-co-activation-during-the-eggbeater-kick
#12
Nuno Oliveira, Ross H Sanders
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of knee extension/flexion and fatigue on muscle co-activation of the Rectus Femoris (RF) and Biceps Femoris (BF) during the eggbeater kick. Ten national level male water polo players executed eggbeater kicks at maximum effort for the duration of the test. The eggbeater kick cycle was divided into four phases (FLX1, FLX2, EXT1, EXT2). Surface electromyographs were recorded from RF and BF. EMG activity normalized to the maximum voluntary isometric contraction, muscle co-activation (CCI) and angular velocity (AV) of the right and left knee were calculated...
December 2, 2016: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915152/goal-equivalent-manifold-analysis-of-task-performance-in-non-specific-lbp-and-healthy-subjects-during-repetitive-trunk-movement-effect-of-load-velocity-symmetry
#13
Mahshid Chehrehrazi, Mohammad Ali Sanjari, Hamid Reza Mokhtarinia, Ali Ashraf Jamshidi, Nader Maroufi, Mohamad Parnianpour
Motor abundance allows reliability of motor performance despite its variability. The nature of this variability provides important information on the flexibility of control strategies. This feature of control may be affected by low back pain (LPB) and trunk flexion/extension conditions. Goal equivalent manifold (GEM) analysis was used to quantify the ability to exploit motor abundance during repeated trunk flexion/extension in healthy individuals and people with chronic non-specific LBP (CNSLBP). Kinematic data were collected from 22 healthy volunteers and 22 CNSLBP patients during metronomically timed, repeated trunk flexion/extension in three conditions of symmetry, velocity, and loading; each at two levels...
December 1, 2016: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876401/developmental-coordination-disorder-and-its-cause-the-road-less-travelled
#14
Michael G Wade, Makinzee Kazeck
We critically review the research literature that seeks to focus on the possible cause of children diagnosed with developmental coordination disorder (DCD). In so doing we contrast the traditional information processing (IP) approach as a model to explain the causal factors that account for the motor deficits present in children with DCD, with a dynamical systems (DS) account which argues that coordination deficits in children with DCD is less to do with problems of poor internal models (a cornerstone of IP theory) and more with a degrading of perception-action coupling...
November 19, 2016: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871772/identifying-play-characteristics-of-pre-school-children-with-developmental-coordination-disorder-via-parental-questionnaires
#15
Sara Rosenblum, Pola Waissman, Gary W Diamond
: Motor coordination deficits that characterize children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) affect their quality of participation. The aim of the current study was to identify play characteristics of young children with DCD, compared to those of children with typical development in three dimensions: activity and participation, environmental factors and children's impairments. METHOD: Sixty-four children, aged four to six years, participated. Thirty were diagnosed as having DCD; the remaining 34 children were age, gender and socioeconomic level matched controls with typical development...
November 18, 2016: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870980/a-systematic-review-on-perceptual-motor-calibration-to-changes-in-action-capabilities
#16
Steven van Andel, Michael H Cole, Gert-Jan Pepping
Perceptual-motor calibration has been described as a mapping between perception and action, which is relevant to distinguish possible from impossible opportunities for action. To avoid movement errors, it is relevant to rapidly calibrate to immediate changes in capabilities and therefore this study sought to explain in what conditions calibration is most efficient. A systematic search of seven databases was conducted to identify literature concerning changes in calibration in response to changes in action capabilities...
November 18, 2016: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846398/cortical-activation-during-balancing-on-a-balance-board
#17
Fabian Herold, Katja Orlowski, Sabrina Börmel, Notger G Müller
BACKGROUND: Keeping one's balance is a complex motor task which requires the integration and processing of different sensory information. For this, higher cortical processes are essential. However, in the past research dedicated to the brain's involvement in balance control has predominantly used virtual reality paradigms whilst little is known about cortical activation during the challenging balancing on unstable surfaces (e.g. balance board). Hence, the main goal of this study was the simultaneous evaluation of cortical activation patterns and sway parameters during balancing on a balance board...
November 12, 2016: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842230/the-relationship-between-executive-function-and-fine-motor-control-in-young-and-older-adults
#18
Emily J Corti, Andrew R Johnson, Hayley Riddle, Natalie Gasson, Robert Kane, Andrea M Loftus
The present study examined the relationship between executive function (EF) and fine motor control in young and older healthy adults. Participants completed 3 measures of executive function; a spatial working memory (SWM) task, the Stockings of Cambridge task (planning), and the Intra-Dimensional Extra-Dimensional Set-Shift task (set-shifting). Fine motor control was assessed using 3 subtests of the Purdue Pegboard (unimanual, bimanual, sequencing). For the younger adults, there were no significant correlations between measures of EF and fine motor control...
November 11, 2016: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27838506/wavelet-frequency-analysis-for-the-detection-of-discontinuities-in-switched-system-models-of-human-balance
#19
Salam Nema, Piotr Kowalczyk, Ian Loram
This paper is concerned with detecting the presence of switching behavior in experimentally obtained posturographic data sets by means of a novel algorithm that is based on a combination of wavelet analysis and Hilbert transform. As a test-bed for the algorithm, we first use a switched model of human balance control during quiet standing with known switching behavior in four distinct configurations. We obtain a time-frequency representation of a signal generated by our model system. We are then able to detect manifestations of discontinuities (switchings) in the signal as spiking behavior...
November 10, 2016: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832925/ecological-validity-of-the-german-bruininks-oseretsky-test-of-motor-proficiency-2nd-edition
#20
Sabine Vinçon, Dido Green, Rainer Blank, Ekkehart Jenetzky
The diagnosis of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is based on poor motor coordination in the absence of other neurological disorders. In order to identify the presence of movement difficulties, a standardised motor assessment is recommended to determine the extent of movement problems which may contribute to deficits in daily task performance. A German version of the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency, Second Edition (German BOT-2) was recently published. This study aimed to determine the ecological validity of the German BOT-2 by considering the relationship between assessment of fundamental motor skills with the BOT-2 and performance of everyday motor activities as evaluated by parents...
November 7, 2016: Human Movement Science
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