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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647869/muscular-viscoelastic-characteristics-of-athletes-participating-in-the-european-master-indoor-athletics-championship
#1
Marco Gervasi, Davide Sisti, Stefano Amatori, Marco Andreazza, Piero Benelli, Piero Sestili, Marco Bruno Luigi Rocchi, Anna Rita Calavalle
PURPOSE: To investigate how the viscoelastic characteristics of muscles (non-neural tone, elasticity and stiffness) vary as a function of age and gender in a sample of track and field master athletes. To compare these findings with data on related sedentary subjects in literature. METHODS: A total of 390 athletes (aged 35-99) were assessed during the European Master Athletics Indoor Championship 2016. A non-invasive measurement device called MyotonPro was used to measure tone, stiffness, and elasticity in the biceps brachii and rectus femoris muscles at rest...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647868/effects-of-high-altitude-exposure-on-supraspinal-fatigue-and-corticospinal-excitability-and-inhibition
#2
Mathieu Marillier, Pierrick J Arnal, Thibault Le Roux Mallouf, Thomas Rupp, Guillaume Y Millet, Samuel Verges
PURPOSE: While acute hypoxic exposure enhances exercise-induced central fatigue and can alter corticospinal excitability and inhibition, the effect of prolonged hypoxic exposure on these parameters remains to be clarified. We hypothesized that 5 days of altitude exposure would (i) normalize exercise-induced supraspinal fatigue during isolated muscle exercise to sea level (SL) values and (ii) increase corticospinal excitability and inhibition. METHODS: Eleven male subjects performed intermittent isometric elbow flexions at 50% of maximal voluntary contraction to task failure at SL and after 1 (D1) and 5 (D5) days at 4350 m...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647867/the-effects-of-4-weeks-stretching-training-to-the-point-of-pain-on-flexibility-and-muscle-tendon-unit-properties
#3
Pornpimol Muanjai, David A Jones, Mantas Mickevicius, Danguole Satkunskiene, Audrius Snieckus, Renata Rutkauskaite, Dalia Mickeviciene, Sigitas Kamandulis
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare the benefits and possible problems of 4 weeks stretching when taken to the point of pain (POP) and to the point of discomfort (POD). METHODS: Twenty-six physically active women (20 ± 1.1 years) took part in group-based stretching classes of the hamstring muscles, 4 times per week for 4 weeks, one group one stretching to POD, the other to POP. Passive stiffness, joint range of motion (ROM), maximal isometric torque and concentric knee flexion torque, were measured before training and 2 days after the last training session...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646302/t-regulatory-cells-exhibit-a-biphasic-response-to-prolonged-endurance-exercise-in-humans
#4
Tom Clifford, Matthew J Wood, Philip Stocks, Glyn Howatson, Emma J Stevenson, Catharien M U Hilkens
PURPOSE: T-regulatory cells (Tregs) are a sub-population of lymphocytes that act to suppress aberrant immune responses. We investigated changes in the numbers of naïve and terminally differentiated Tregs in the peripheral blood to establish their role in the immuno-suppressive response to prolonged exercise. METHODS: Blood was drawn from seventeen experienced runners (age 40 ± 12 years; height 1.75 ± 0.08 m; mass 71.4 ± 10.8 kg) before, ~1 h after (POST-1h), and on the day following the marathon (POST-1d)...
June 23, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643221/post-exercise-blood-flow-restriction-attenuates-hyperemia-similarly-in-males-and-females
#5
Scott J Dankel, J Grant Mouser, Matthew B Jessee, Kevin T Mattocks, Samuel L Buckner, Jeremy P Loenneke
PURPOSE: Our laboratory recently demonstrated that post-exercise blood flow restriction attenuated muscle hypertrophy only in females, which we hypothesized may be due to alterations in post-exercise blood flow. The aim of this study is to test our previous hypothesis that sex differences in blood flow would exist when employing the same protocol. METHODS: Twenty-two untrained individuals (12 females; 10 males) performed two exercise sessions, each involving one set of elbow flexion exercise to volitional failure on the right arm...
June 22, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624852/vasoconstrictor-responsiveness-in-contracting-human-muscle-influence-of-contraction-frequency-contractile-work-and-metabolic-rate
#6
Nicholas T Kruse, William E Hughes, Kenichi Ueda, Darren P Casey
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to examine whether independent effects exist between contractile work and metabolic demand (VO2m) on vasoconstrictor responsiveness (i.e., functional sympatholysis) under different contraction durations matched for total contractile work in exercising human skeletal muscle. METHODS: Ten young men performed rhythmic forearm contractions at 10 and 15% of maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) which consisted of muscle contractions using the same duty cycle but altering the duration of the contraction-relaxation cycles of exercise and included: 1) fast frequency contractions at 10% MVC (FFC10%) using a contraction relaxation cycle at 1:2 s; 2) slow frequency contractions at 10% MVC (SFC10%) at 2:4 s; and 3) SFC at 15% MVC (SFC15%) at 2:4 s...
June 17, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624851/acute-effects-of-constant-torque-and-constant-angle-stretching-on-the-muscle-and-tendon-tissue-properties
#7
Andreas Konrad, Francesco Budini, Markus Tilp
PURPOSE: Static stretching induces acute structural changes of the muscle-tendon unit (MTU) that are related to the intensity or duration of stretching. It has been reported that stretching with a constant torque (CT) leads to greater joint range of motion changes than stretching with a constant angle (CA). Whether or not this difference is due to different structural changes of the MTUs of the lower leg and ankle plantar flexors is not known. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to compare the acute effects of single CA and CT stretching on various muscle and tendon mechanical properties...
June 17, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612123/the-influence-of-vitamin-c-on-the-interaction-between-acute-mental-stress-and-endothelial-function
#8
Meghan D Plotnick, Katrina A D'Urzo, Brendon J Gurd, Kyra E Pyke
PURPOSE: To determine whether orally administered vitamin C attenuates expected mental stress-induced reductions in brachial artery endothelial function as measured by flow-mediated dilation (FMD). METHODS: Fifteen men (21 ± 2 years) were given 1000 mg of vitamin C or placebo over two visits in a randomized, double-blinded, within-subject design. Acute mental stress was induced using the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST). Saliva samples for cortisol determination and FMD measures were obtained at baseline, pre-TSST, and 30 and 90-min post-TSST...
June 13, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612122/effect-of-passive-heat-stress-and-exercise-in-the-heat-on-arterial-stiffness
#9
Aaron R Caldwell, Forrest B Robinson, Matthew A Tucker, Cash H Arcement, Cory L Butts, Brendon P McDermott, Matthew S Ganio
PURPOSE: Prior evidence indicates that acute heat stress and aerobic exercise independently reduce arterial stiffness. The combined effects of exercise and heat stress on PWV are unknown. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of heat stress with passive heating and exercise in the heat on arterial stiffness. METHODS: Nine participants (n = 3 females, 47 ± 11 years old; 24.1 ± 2.8 kg/m(2)) completed four trials. In a control trial, participants rested supine (CON)...
June 13, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612121/estimation-of-respiratory-volume-from-thoracoabdominal-breathing-distances-comparison-of-two-models-of-machine-learning
#10
Rémy Dumond, Steven Gastinger, Hala Abdul Rahman, Alexis Le Faucheur, Patrice Quinton, Haitao Kang, Jacques Prioux
PURPOSE: The purposes of this study were to both improve the accuracy of respiratory volume (V) estimates using the respiratory magnetometer plethysmography (RMP) technique and facilitate the use of this technique. METHOD: We compared two models of machine learning (ML) for estimating [Formula: see text]: a linear model (multiple linear regression-MLR) and a nonlinear model (artificial neural network-ANN), and we used cross-validation to validate these models. Fourteen healthy adults, aged [Formula: see text] years participated in the present study...
June 13, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597081/effects-of-bright-and-blue-light-on-acoustic-reaction-time-and-maximum-handgrip-strength-in-male-athletes-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#11
Raphael Knaier, Juliane Schäfer, Anja Rossmeissl, Christopher Klenk, Henner Hanssen, Christoph Höchsmann, Christian Cajochen, Arno Schmidt-Trucksäss
PURPOSE: To assess which type of evening light exposure has the greatest effect on reaction time and maximum handgrip strength. These were pre-specified secondary outcomes in a trial which primarily investigated the influence of light on cycling performance. METHODS: Seventy-four male athletes were allocated at random to either bright light (BRIGHT), monochromatic blue light (BLUE), or a control condition (CONTROL). Light exposure lasted for 60 min and started 17 h after the individual midpoint of sleep...
June 9, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597103/the-effects-of-strength-training-versus-ski-ergometer-training-on-double-poling-capacity-of-elite-junior-cross-country-skiers
#12
Tomas Carlsson, Lars Wedholm, Johnny Nilsson, Magnus Carlsson
PURPOSE: To compare the effects of strength training versus ski-ergometer training on double-poling gross efficiency (GE), maximal speed (V max), peak oxygen uptake ([Formula: see text]) for elite male and female junior cross-country skiers. METHODS: Thirty-three elite junior cross-country skiers completed a 6-week training-intervention period with two additional 40-min training sessions per week. The participants were matched in pairs and within each pair randomly assigned to either a strength-training group (STR) or a ski-ergometer-training group (ERG)...
June 8, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597102/effects-of-progressive-resistance-training-and-weight-loss-versus-weight-loss-alone-on-inflammatory-and-endothelial-biomarkers-in-older-adults-with-type-2-diabetes
#13
Eliza G Miller, Parneet Sethi, Caryl A Nowson, David W Dunstan, Robin M Daly
PURPOSE: Type 2 diabetes has been associated with an increase in inflammatory and endothelial biomarkers, which are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes-related complications. This study examined the effects of high-intensity progressive resistance training (PRT) with moderate weight loss (WL) versus WL alone on inflammatory and endothelial biomarkers in older overweight adults with type 2 diabetes. METHODS: This was a 12-month randomized controlled trial in which 36 inactive, overweight adults aged 60-80 years with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes were randomized to 6 months of supervised PRT + WL or stretching (sham) exercise plus WL followed by 6 months of home-training without dietary modification...
June 8, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589244/does-spinal-excitability-scale-to-the-difficulty-of-the-dual-task
#14
Devon M Day, Mario T Boivin, Allan L Adkin, Craig D Tokuno
PURPOSE: This study examined whether spinal excitability, as measured by the soleus Hoffmann reflex (H-reflex), is scaled to the difficulty level of the dual-task being performed. METHODS: Twenty-two participants completed a combination of three balance task and three secondary cognitive (visuo-motor) task difficulty levels for a total of nine dual-task conditions. An additional eight participants were tested while performing the same three balance task difficulty levels on its own (i...
June 6, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584931/pacing-strategy-during-the-final-stage-of-a-self-paced-formula-see-text-spv-test-does-not-affect-maximal-oxygen-uptake
#15
Nicholas J Hanson, Carter R Reid, Kaitlin M Cornwell, Taylor L Lee, Cory M Scheadler
PURPOSE: Self-paced [Formula: see text] tests (SPVs) have shown to produce maximal oxygen consumption values similar to those from traditional protocols. These tests involve perceptually regulated stages in which subjects are asked to maintain rating of perceived exertion values of 11, 13, 15, 17 and 20 for 2 min each. What is not clear is how the last stage should be paced. The purpose of this study was to compare two different pacing strategies during the final stage. METHODS: Fourteen healthy, recreationally active individuals (11 men, 3 women) participated in a familiarization and two experimental laboratory visits...
June 5, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573374/effects-of-trpv1-and-trpa1-activators-on-the-cramp-threshold-frequency-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
#16
Michael Behringer, Stephanie Nowak, Jannik Leyendecker, Joachim Mester
PURPOSE: Previous data indicate that a strong sensory input from orally administered TRPV1 and TRPA1 activators alleviates muscle cramps in foot muscles by reducing the α-motor neuron hyperexcitability. We investigated if TRP activators increase the cramp threshold frequency of the medial gastrocnemius. METHODS: We randomly assigned 22 healthy male participants to an intervention (IG) and a control group (CG). While participants of the IG ingested a mixture of TRPV1 and TRPA1 activators, the CG received a placebo...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573373/erratum-to-exercise-increases-lactoferrin-but-decreases-lysozyme-in-salivary-granulocytes
#17
Trevor Gillum, Matthew Kuennen, Zachary McKenna, Micaela Castillo, Alex Jordan-Patterson, Caitlin Bohnert
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567669/cerebral-oxygenation-during-cortical-activation-the-differential-influence-of-three-exercise-training-modalities-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#18
Carla Coetsee, Elmarie Terblanche
PURPOSE: To determine if a cerebral oxygenation response during cortical activation is influenced by exercise training mode. METHODS: Sixty-seven individuals (55-75 years old) volunteered for this 16-week intervention study. Participants were randomized into a resistance training (RT) group (n = 22), high-intensity interval training (HIIT) group (n = 13), moderate continuous training (MCT) group (n = 13) and a control (CON) group (n = 19). Near-infrared spectroscopy was used to measure cerebral oxygenation during the Stroop task...
May 31, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567668/the-impact-of-acute-high-intensity-interval-exercise-on-biomarkers-of-cardiovascular-health-in-type-2-diabetes
#19
Monique E Francois, Jonathan P Little
PURPOSE: High-intensity interval training (HIIT) interventions improve cardiovascular health, yet the acute effects on circulating and functional biomarkers of cardiovascular function are unclear in individuals with type 2 diabetes (T2D). To explore this, we conducted two investigations to examine the acute response to HIIT in individuals with T2D. METHODS: Study 1 measured blood pressure, endothelial-dependent dilation, circulating measures of endothelial activation, and troponin T, 30 min and 2 h after HIIT (7 × 1-min intervals) in T2D (n = 8) and age-matched normoglycemic controls (CTL; n = 8)...
May 31, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536754/movement-amplitude-on-the-functional-re-adaptive-exercise-device-deep-spinal-muscle-activity-and-movement-control
#20
A Winnard, D Debuse, M Wilkinson, L Samson, T Weber, Nick Caplan
PURPOSE: Lumbar multifidus (LM) and transversus abdominis (TrA) show altered motor control, and LM is atrophied, in people with low-back pain (LBP). The Functional Re-adaptive Exercise Device (FRED) involves cyclical lower-limb movement against minimal resistance in an upright posture. It has been shown to recruit LM and TrA automatically, and may have potential as an intervention for non-specific LBP. However, no studies have yet investigated the effects of changes in FRED movement amplitude on the activity of these muscles...
May 23, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
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