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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605279/the-effect-of-shoulder-muscle-fatigue-on-acromiohumeral-distance-and-scapular-dyskinesis-in-women-with-generalized-joint-hypermobility
#1
Razie J Alibazi, Afsun Nodehi Moghadam, Ann M Cools, Enayatollah Bakhshi, Alireza Aziz Ahari
Muscle fatigue is considered to be one cause of shoulder pain, and subjects with generalized joint hypermobility (GJH) are affected more by shoulder pain. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of muscle fatigue on acromiohumeral distance (AHD) and scapular dyskinesis in women with GJH. Thirty-six asymptomatic participants were assigned to either a GJH (n=20) or control group (n=16) using the Beighton scale. Before and after elevation fatigue trials, AHD was measured with ultrasonography at rest and when the arm was in 90° active elevation...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605277/ground-reaction-forces-during-sprinting-in-unilateral-transfemoral-amputees
#2
Atsushi Makimoto, Yoko Sano, Satoru Hashizume, Akihiko Murai, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Hiroshi Takemura, Hiroaki Hobara
Understanding the characteristics of ground reaction forces (GRFs) on both limbs during sprinting in unilateral amputees wearing running-specific prostheses would provide important information that could be utilized in the evaluation of athletic performance and development of training methods in this population. The purpose of this study was to compare GRFs between intact and prosthetic limbs during sprinting in unilateral transfemoral amputees wearing running-specific prostheses. Nine sprinters with unilateral transfemoral amputation wearing the same type of prosthesis performed maximal sprinting on a 40 m of runway...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605248/noncircular-chainrings-do-not-influence-maximum-cycling-power
#3
Chee-Hoi Leong, Steven J Elmer, James C Martin
Noncircular chainrings could increase cycling power by prolonging the powerful leg extension/flexion phases, and curtailing the low-power transition phases. We compared maximal cycling power-pedaling rate relationships, and joint-specific kinematics and powers across three chainring eccentricities (CON=1.0; LOWecc=1.13; HIGHecc=1.24). Part I: Thirteen cyclists performed maximal inertial-load cycling under three chainring conditions. Maximum cycling power and optimal pedaling rate were determined. Part II: Ten cyclists performed maximal isokinetic cycling (120rpm) under the same three chainring conditions...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605225/effect-of-shoes-on-stiffness-and-energy-efficiency-of-ankle-foot-orthosis-bench-testing-analysis
#4
Toshiki Kobayashi, Fan Gao, Nicholas LeCursi, K Bo Foreman, Michael S Orendurff
Understanding the mechanical properties of ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) is important to maximize their benefit for those with movement disorders during gait. Though mechanical properties such as stiffness and/or energy efficiency of AFOs have been extensively studied, it remains unknown how and to what extent shoes influence their properties. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of shoes on stiffness and energy efficiency of an AFO using a custom mechanical testing device. Stiffness and energy efficiency of the AFO were measured in the plantarflexion and dorsiflexion range, respectively, under AFO-alone and AFO-Shoe combination conditions...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605220/age-stratification-and-sample-entropy-analysis-enhance-the-limits-of-stability-test-for-older-adults
#5
Senia Smoot Reinert, Allison L Kinney, Kurt Jackson, Wiebke Diestelkamp, Kimberly Bigelow
The objective of this study was to determine if a foam testing condition and/or non-linear analysis methods can be used to identify differences between age stratified sub groups of older adults when conducting the Limits of Stability assessment. Ninety older adults participated in this study. A force plate was used to record center of pressure data during Limits of Stability testing on a firm and foam surface. Participants were grouped into three age-stratified sub-groups: young-old (60-69 years), middle-old (70-79 years), and old-old (80+ years)...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530503/comparison-of-self-selected-walking-speeds-and-walking-speed-variability-when-data-are-collected-during-repeated-discrete-trials-and-during-continuous-walking
#6
Marcus J Brown, Laura A Hutchinson, Michael J Rainbow, Kevin J Deluzio, Alan R De Asha
A typical gait analysis data collection consists of a series of discrete trials, where a participant initiates gait, walks through a motion capture volume, and then terminates gait. This is not a normal 'everyday' gait pattern, yet measurements are considered representative of normal walking. However, walking speed, a global descriptor of gait quality that can affect joint kinematics and kinetics, may be different during discrete trials, compared to continuous walking. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of continuous walking versus discrete trials on walking speed and walking speed variability...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530502/the-effect-of-stride-length-and-lateral-pelvic-tilt-on-elbow-torque-in-youth-baseball-pitchers
#7
Noah X Tocci, David R Howell, Dai Sugimoto, Corey Dawkins, Amy Whited, Donald Bae
High elbow torque during a pitch may contribute to injury risk. Our objective was to determine the pitch mechanics associated with elbow varus torque in youth baseball pitchers. Eighteen male youth pitchers (age=15.5±1.6 years) threw three fastballs and three change-ups from a windup position while undergoing three-dimensional kinematic analysis. Independent variables included ball release point distance, stride length, lateral pelvic tilt, and ball velocity. Two multiple regression models, separated by pitch type (fastball, change-up) were used to determine the association of independent variables with peak varus torque at the elbow...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530482/the-effect-of-backpack-load-carriage-on-the-kinetics-and-kinematics-of-ankle-and-knee-joints-during-uphill-walking
#8
Jinkyu Lee, Yong-Jin Yoon, Choongsoo S Shin
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of load carriage on the kinematics and kinetics of the ankle and knee joints during uphill walking, including joint work, range of motion (ROM), and stance time. Fourteen males walked at a self-selected speed on an uphill (15°) slope wearing military boots and carrying a rifle in hand without a backpack (control condition) and with a backpack. The results showed that the stance time significantly decreased with backpack carriage (p<.05). The mediolateral impulse significantly increased with backpack carriage (p<...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530478/validity-of-a-linear-velocity-transducer-for-testing-maximum-vertical-jumps
#9
Alejandro Pérez-Castilla, Belén Feriche, Slobodan Jaric, Paulino Padial, Amador García-Ramos
This study aimed to examine the validity of mechanical variables obtained by a linear velocity transducer from the unconstrained and constrained squat jump (SJ). Twenty-three men were tested on the unconstrained SJ and the SJ constrained by a Smith machine. Maximum values of force, velocity, and power were simultaneously recorded both by a linear velocity transducer attached to a bar of mass of 17, 30, 45, 60 and 75 kg and by a force plate. Linear velocity transducer generally overestimated the outcomes measured as compared to the force plate, particularly in unconstrained SJ...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530477/reliability-and-validity-of-an-acromion-marker-cluster-for-recording-scapula-posture-at-end-range-clavicle-protraction-retraction-elevation-and-depression
#10
Yaheli Bet-Or, Wolbert van den Hoorn, Venerina Johnston, Shaun P O'Leary
Acromion Marker Cluster (AMC) methods have been shown to accurately track scapula motion during humeral elevation below 90°, however, their accuracy has not been assessed in shoulder girdle motion such as clavicle protraction, retraction, elevation and depression independent of humeral movement. The aim of this study was to examine the reliability and validity of the AMC method to record scapula orientation at end range clavicle protraction, retraction, elevation and depression. The right scapulae of twenty-two female and twenty male asymptomatic volunteers were assessed with an AMC and Scapula Locator (SL) method during end range clavicle protraction, retraction, elevation and depression (without humeral elevation) using an eight-camera 3D movement registration system...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530461/increase-in-leg-stiffness-reduces-joint-work-during-backpack-carriage-running-at-slow-velocities
#11
Bernard Liew, Kevin Netto, Susan Morris
Optimal tuning of leg stiffness has been associated with better running economy. Running with load is energetically expensive, which could have a significant impact on athletic performance where backpack carriage is involved. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of load magnitude and velocity on leg stiffness. We also explored the relationship between leg stiffness and running joint work. Thirty-one healthy participants ran overground at three velocities (3.0, 4.0, 5.0 m.s(-1)), whilst carrying three load magnitude (0%, 10%, 20% weight)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513243/performance-of-alpine-touring-boots-when-used-in-alpine-ski-bindings
#12
Jeffrey R Campbell, Irving S Scher, David Carpenter, Bruce L Jahnke, Randal P Ching
Alpine Touring (AT) equipment is designed for ascending mountains and snow skiing down backcountry terrain. Skiers have been observed using AT boots in alpine (not made for Alpine Touring) ski bindings. We tested the effect on the retention-release characteristics of AT boots used in alpine bindings. Ten AT ski boots and five alpine ski boots were tested in eight models of alpine ski bindings using an ASTM F504-05 (2012) apparatus. 31% of the AT boots released appropriately when used in alpine ski bindings...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459306/reliability-of-head-neck-and-trunk-anthropometric-measurements-used-for-predicting-segment-tissue-masses-in-living-humans
#13
Nicole C George, Charles Kahelin, Timothy A Burkhart, David M Andrews
Soft and rigid tissue mass prediction equations have been previously developed and validated for the segments of the upper and lower extremities in living humans using simple anthropometric measurements. The reliability of these measurements has been found to be good to excellent for all measurement types (segment lengths, circumferences, breadths, skinfolds). However, the reliability of the measurements needed to develop corresponding equations for the head, neck and trunk has yet to be determined. The purpose of this study was to quantify the inter- and intra-measurer reliability of 34 surface anthropometric measurements of the head, neck and trunk segments...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422549/obesity-is-associated-with-altered-plantar-pressure-distribution-in-elderly-women
#14
Silvia Gonçalves Ricci Neri, André Bonadias Gadelha, Ana Luiza Matias Correia, Juscélia Cristina Pereira, Ana Cristina de David, Ricardo Moreno Lima
Increased plantar pressure has been found to be related with greater risk of falling. Although there is evidence suggesting that obesity is linked to foot disorders, the association between obesity and plantar pressure of older adults has been poorly investigated. The purpose of this study was to examine the association between obesity and plantar pressure distribution and to explore its relationship with body fat distribution. Two hundred and eleven elderly women took part in this cross-sectional study. Body mass index were taken for obesity classification...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918689/vertical-jump-biomechanics-altered-with-virtual-overhead-goal
#15
Kevin R Ford, Anh-Dung Nguyen, Eric J Hegedus, Jeffrey B Taylor
Virtual environments with real-time feedback can simulate extrinsic goals that mimic real life conditions. The purpose was to compare jump performance and biomechanics with a physical overhead goal (POG) and with a virtual overhead goal (VOG). Fourteen female subjects participated (age: 18.8 ± 1.1 years, height: 163.2 ± 8.1 cm, weight 63.0 ± 7.9 kg). Sagittal plane trunk, hip, and knee biomechanics were calculated during the landing and take-off phases of drop vertical jump with different goal conditions...
April 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338382/does-foot-anthropometry-predict-metabolic-cost-during-running
#16
Herman van Werkhoven, Stephen J Piazza
Several recent investigations have linked running economy to heel length, with shorter heels being associated with less metabolic energy consumption. It has been hypothesized that shorter heels require larger plantarflexor muscle forces, thus increasing tendon energy storage and reducing metabolic cost. The goal of this study was to investigate this possible mechanism for metabolic cost reduction. Fifteen male subjects ran at 16 km·h(-1) on a treadmill and subsequently on a force-plate instrumented runway...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338381/a-novel-method-to-compute-breathing-volumes-via-motion-capture-systems-design-and-experimental-trials
#17
Carlo Massaroni, Eugenio Cassetta, Sergio Silvestri
Respiratory assessment can be carried out by using motion capture systems. A geometrical model is mandatory in order to compute the breathing volume as a function of time from the markers trajectories. This study describes a novel model to compute volume changes and calculate respiratory parameters by using a motion capture system. The novel method, i.e. prism-based method, computes the volume enclosed within the chest by defining 82 prisms from the 89 markers attached to the subject chest. Volumes computed with this method are compared to spirometry volumes and to volumes computed by a conventional method based on the tetrahedrons decomposition of the chest wall and integrated in a commercial motion capture system...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338379/head-neck-trunk-and-pelvis-tissue-mass-predictions-for-young-adults-using-anthropometric-measures-and-dxa
#18
Danielle L Gyemi, Charles Kahelin, Nicole C George, David M Andrews
Accurate prediction of wobbling mass (WM), fat mass (FM), lean mass (LM) and bone mineral content (BMC) of living people using regression equations developed from anthropometric measures (lengths, circumferences, breadths, skinfolds) has previously been reported, but only for the extremities. Multiple linear stepwise regression was used to generate comparable equations for the head, neck, trunk and pelvis of young adults (38 males, 38 females). Equations were validated using actual tissue masses from an independent sample of 13 males and 13 females by manually segmenting full body Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry scans...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290751/comparison-of-thoracic-and-lumbar-erector-spinae-muscle-activation-before-and-after-a-golf-practice-session
#19
Graeme G Sorbie, Fergal M Grace, Yaodong Gu, Julien S Baker, Ukadike C Ugbolue
Lower back pain is commonly associated with golfers. The study aimed: to determine whether thoracic- and lumbar-erector-spinae muscle display signs of muscular fatigue after completing a golf practice session, and to examine the effect of the completed practice session on club head speed, ball speed and absolute carry distance performance variables. Fourteen right-handed male golfers participated in the laboratory-based-study. Surface electromyography (EMG) data was collected from the lead and trail sides of the thoracic- and lumbar-erector-spinae muscle...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290736/accuracy-and-reliability-of-marker-based-approaches-to-scale-the-pelvis-thigh-and-shank-segments-in-musculoskeletal-models
#20
Hans Kainz, Hoa Hoang, Chris Stockton, Roslyn R Boyd, David G Lloyd, Christopher P Carty
Gait analysis together with musculoskeletal modelling is widely used for research. In the absence of medical images, surface marker locations are used to scale a generic model to the individual's anthropometry. Studies evaluating the accuracy and reliability of different scaling approaches in a paediatric and/or clinical population have not yet been conducted and, therefore, formed the aim of this study. Magnetic resonance images (MRI) and motion capture data were collected from twelve participants with cerebral palsy and six typically developed participants...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
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