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Journal of Applied Biomechanics

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422549/obesity-is-associated-with-altered-plantar-pressure-distribution-in-elderly-women
#1
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/28338382/does-foot-anthropometry-predict-metabolic-cost-during-running
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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
#6
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253068/in-vitro-quantification-of-medial-collateral-ligament-tension-in-the-elbow
#7
Louis M Ferreira, Graham J W King, James A Johnson
The anterior bundle of the medial collateral ligament (AMCL) of the elbow is commonly injured in patients with elbow dislocations and in throwing athletes. This in-vitro study quantified tension in the native AMCL throughout elbow flexion for different arm positions. We conducted passive and simulated active elbow flexion in seven fresh-frozen cadaveric upper extremities using an established motion simulator. Motions were performed in the valgus and vertical positions from 20-120º while measuring AMCL tension using a custom transducer...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253053/kinematic-gait-patterns-in-competitive-and-recreational-runners
#8
Christian A Clermont, Sean T Osis, Angkoon Phinyomark, Reed Ferber
Certain homogeneous running subgroups demonstrate distinct kinematic patterns in running; however, the running mechanics of competitive and recreational runners are not well understood. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine whether we could separate and classify competitive and recreational runners according to gait kinematics using multivariate analyses and a machine learning approach. Participants were allocated to the 'competitive' (n=20) or 'recreational' group (n=15) based on age, gender, and recent race performance...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253044/wearing-an-inflatable-vest-alters-muscle-activation-and-trunk-angle-while-paddling-a-surfboard
#9
Jeff A Nessler, Thomas Hastings, Kevin Greer, Sean C Newcomer
Low back pain is a commonly reported problem among recreational surfers. Some individuals report that wearing a vest with an inflatable bladder that alters trunk angle may help to alleviate pain. The purpose of this study was to determine whether such a vest has an effect on muscle activation and extension of the lower back. Twelve recreational surfers completed 12 paddling trials at 1.1 m/s in a swim flume on both a shortboard and a longboard on two separate days. Three conditions of no vest, vest uninflated, and vest inflated were presented to participants in random order...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181833/influence-of-a-full-body-compression-suit-on-trunk-positioning-and-knee-joint-mechanics-during-lateral-movements
#10
Guillaume Mornieux, Elmar Weltin, Monika Pauls, Franz Rott, Albert Gollhofer
Trunk positioning has been shown to be associated with knee joint loading during athletic tasks, especially changes of direction. The purpose of the present study was to test whether a full body compression suit (FBCS) would improve trunk positioning and knee joint control during lateral movements. Twelve female athletes performed lateral reactive jumps (LRJ) and unanticipated cuttings with and without the customized FBCS, while 3D kinematics and kinetics were measured. FBCS did not influence trunk positioning during LRJ and led to increased trunk lateral lean during cuttings (P < ...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121227/reliability-of-a-new-medicine-ball-throw-power-test
#11
Mark G L Sayers, Stephen Bishop
The purpose of this study was to examine the reliability of a new upper body medicine ball push-press (MBP-P) test. Twenty-three strength trained volunteers performed a series of supine MBP-P throws using loads representing 5% and10% of their 5RM bench press (5 repetitions at each load). Throws were performed on a force platform (2000 Hz), with medicine ball kinematic data collected using a high-speed motion capture (500 Hz). Testing was repeated after 7-10 days to quantify inter-test reliability. Maximal force (Fmax), impulse at Fmax, time to Fmax, maximum rate of force development (RFDmax) were all calculated from the force platform outputs, with maximum ball velocity (Velmax) and maximum ball acceleration (Accelmax) developed from the kinematic data...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206851/a-note-from-michael-madigan-jab-s-new-editor-in-chief
#12
Michael Madigan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27735232/lower-extremity-joint-work-during-acceleration-deceleration-and-steady-state-running
#13
D S Blaise Williams, Jonathan H Cole, Douglas W Powell
Running during sports and for physical activity often requires changes in velocity through acceleration and deceleration. While it is clear that lower extremity biomechanics vary during these accelerations and decelerations, the work requirements of the individual joints are not well understood. The purpose of this investigation was to measure the sagittal plane mechanical work of the individual lower extremity joints during acceleration, deceleration, and steady-state running. Ten runners were compared during acceleration, deceleration, and steady-state running using three-dimensional kinematics and kinetics measures...
February 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27735224/use-of-the-nintendo-wii-balance-board-for-studying-standing-static-balance-control-technical-considerations-force-plate-congruency-and-the-effect-of-battery-life
#14
Tyler B Weaver, Christine Ma, Andrew C Laing
The Nintendo Wii Balance Board (WBB) has become popular as a low-cost alternative to research-grade force plates. The purposes of this study were to characterize a series of technical specifications for the WBB, to compare balance control metrics derived from time-varying center of pressure (COP) signals collected simultaneously from a WBB and a research-grade force plate, and to investigate the effects of battery life. Drift, linearity, hysteresis, mass accuracy, uniformity of response, and COP accuracy were assessed from a WBB...
February 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27735222/methodology-to-customize-maximal-isometric-forces-for-hill-type-muscle-models
#15
Fabien Dal Maso, Mickaël Begon, Maxime Raison
One approach to increasing the confidence of muscle force estimation via musculoskeletal models is to minimize the root mean square error (RMSE) between joint torques estimated from electromyographic-driven musculoskeletal models and those computed using inverse dynamics. We propose a method that reduces RMSE by selecting subsets of combinations of maximal voluntary isometric contraction (MVIC) trials that minimize RMSE. Twelve participants performed 3 elbow MVIC in flexion and in extension. An upper-limb electromyographic-driven musculoskeletal model was created to optimize maximum muscle stress and estimate the maximal isometric force of the biceps brachii, brachialis, brachioradialis, and triceps brachii...
February 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27705076/single-task-and-dual-task-gait-among-collegiate-athletes-of-different-sport-classifications-implications-for-concussion-management
#16
David R Howell, Jessie R Oldham, Melissa DiFabio, Srikant Vallabhajosula, Eric E Hall, Caroline J Ketcham, William P Meehan, Thomas A Buckley
Gait impairments have been documented following sport-related concussion. Whether preexisting gait pattern differences exist among athletes who participate in different sport classifications, however, remains unclear. Dual-task gait examinations probe the simultaneous performance of everyday tasks (ie, walking and thinking), and can quantify gait performance using inertial sensors. The purpose of this study was to compare the single-task and dual-task gait performance of collision/contact and noncontact athletes...
February 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27705063/a-comparison-of-body-segment-inertial-parameter-estimation-methods-and-joint-moment-and-power-calculations-during-a-drop-vertical-jump-in-collegiate-female-soccer-players
#17
Sara L Arena, Kelsey McLaughlin, Anh-Dung Nguyen, James M Smoliga, Kevin R Ford
Athletic individuals may differ in body segment inertial parameter (BSIP) estimates due to differences in body composition, and this may influence calculation of joint kinetics. The purposes of this study were to (1) compare BSIPs predicted by the method introduced by de Leva(1) with DXA-derived BSIPs in collegiate female soccer players, and (2) examine the effects of these BSIP estimation methods on joint moment and power calculations during a drop vertical jump (DVJ). Twenty female NCAA Division I soccer players were recruited...
February 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27705062/decoupling-the-wrist-a-cadaveric-experiment-examining-wrist-kinematics-following-midcarpal-fusion-and-scaphoid-excision
#18
Jennifer A Nichols, Michael S Bednar, Robert M Havey, Wendy M Murray
At the wrist, kinematic coupling (the relationship between flexion-extension and radial-ulnar deviation) facilitates function. Although the midcarpal joint is critical for kinematic coupling, many surgeries, such as 4-corner fusion (4CF) and scaphoidexcision 4-corner fusion (SE4CF), modify the midcarpal joint. This study examines how 4CF and SE4CF influence kinematic coupling by quantifying wrist axes of rotation. Wrist axes of rotation were quantified in 8 cadaveric specimens using an optimization algorithm, which fit a 2-revolute joint model to experimental data...
February 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27705061/errors-in-shoulder-joint-position-sense-mainly-come-from-the-glenohumeral-joint
#19
Yin-Liang Lin, Andrew Karduna
While synchronous movement of the glenohumeral and scapulothoracic joints has been emphasized in previous kinematics studies, most investigations of shoulder joint position sense have treated the shoulder complex as a single joint. The purposes of this study were to investigate the joint position sense errors of the humerothoracic, glenohumeral, and scapulothoracic joints at different elevation angles and to examine whether the errors of the glenohumeral and scapulothoracic joints contribute to the errors of the humerothoracic joint...
February 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27705060/effective-propulsion-in-swimming-grasping-the-hydrodynamics-of-hand-and-arm-movements
#20
Josje van Houwelingen, Sander Schreven, Jeroen B J Smeets, Herman J H Clercx, Peter J Beek
In this paper, a literature review is presented regarding the hydrodynamic effects of different hand and arm movements during swimming with the aim to identify lacunae in current methods and knowledge, and to distil practical guidelines for coaches and swimmers seeking to increase swimming speed. Experimental and numerical studies are discussed, examining the effects of hand orientation, thumb position, finger spread, sculling movements, and hand accelerations during swimming, as well as unsteady properties of vortices due to changes in hand orientation...
February 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
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