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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782223/do-the-peak-and-mean-force-methods-of-assessing-vertical-jump-force-asymmetry-agree
#1
Jason P Lake, Peter D Mundy, Paul Comfort, Timothy J Suchomel
The aim of this study was to assess agreement between peak and mean force methods of quantifying force asymmetry during the countermovement jump (CMJ). Forty-five men performed four CMJ with each foot on one of two force plates recording at 1,000 Hz. Peak and mean were obtained from both sides during the braking and propulsion phases. The dominant side was obtained for the braking and propulsion phase as the side with the largest peak or mean force and agreement was assessed using percentage agreement and the kappa coefficient...
May 21, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782218/postural-control-and-physiological-responses-to-a-simulated-match-in-u-20-judo-competitors
#2
Luis Santos, Javier Fernández-Río, Eliseo Iglesias-Soler, Miguel Blanco-Traba, Markus Due Jakobsen, Vicente González-Díez, Emerson Franchini, Carlos Gutiérrez, Xurxo Dopico-Calvo, Eduardo Carballeira-Fernández, William Amonette, Oscar Suman
The aim was to evaluate the effects of judo combat on the athletes' postural control (PC) and physiological loading before, during and after a simulated match. Seventeen under-20 regional and national level athletes completed one modified 7-min match. At baseline, during the combat (3rd and 7th minutes) and 2-min post-match centre of pressure (CoP) parameters were assessed. Heart rate (HR), blood lactate (BLa) and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) and local RPE (LRPE) were collected. Significant increments were observed in CoP mean positioning and velocity at 3rd and 7th minutes, but the CoP deviation in both axes was unaffected...
May 21, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781789/the-influence-of-wearing-ski-boots-with-different-rigidity-characteristics-on-postural-control
#3
Frédéric Noé, Xavier García-Massó, Pauline Delaygue, Audrey Melon, Thierry Paillard
External supports that reduce ankle joint mobility such as ski-boots can impair postural control of healthy participants. Although this disruptive effect has been attributed to the rigidity of the external supports, the results remained controversial and no study has been conducted in order to evaluate the influence of ski-boots rigidity. Hence, the question about the influence of ankle support rigidity on postural control remains open. This study was therefore undertaken in order to investigate the effect of ski-boots rigidity on postural control...
May 21, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781788/a-review-of-the-reliability-of-biomechanical-variables-produced-during-the-isometric-mid-thigh-pull-and-isometric-squat-and-the-reporting-of-normative-data
#4
Claire J Brady, Andrew J Harrison, Thomas M Comyns
The use of isometric strength testing, particularly the isometric mid-thigh pull (IMTP) has increased dramatically over the last decade. The IMTP and isometric squat (ISqT) provide one aspect of performance monitoring with variables such as peak force and rate of force development being derived from the force-time curve. The reliability of some of these variables is conflicting in the literature, and the reporting of the reliability is not standardised across the research. The majority of research only reports intraclass correlation coefficients with very few studies reporting coefficient of variation and 90% confidence intervals...
May 21, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768121/a-biomechanical-comparison-of-initial-sprint-acceleration-performance-and-technique-in-an-elite-athlete-with-cerebral-palsy-and-able-bodied-sprinters
#5
Ian N Bezodis, James Cowburn, Adam Brazil, Rhian Richardson, Cassie Wilson, Timothy A Exell, Gareth Irwin
Cerebral palsy is known to generally limit range of motion and force producing capability during movement. It also limits sprint performance, but the exact mechanisms underpinning this are not well known. One elite male T36 multiple-Paralympic sprint medallist (T36) and 16 well-trained able-bodied (AB) sprinters each performed 5-6 maximal sprints from starting blocks. Whole-body kinematics (250 Hz) in the block phase and first two steps, and synchronised external forces (1,000 Hz) in the first stance phase after block exit were combined to quantify lower limb joint kinetics...
May 16, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768096/lower-extremity-muscle-function-of-front-row-rugby-union-scrummaging
#6
Mostafa Yaghoubi, Sally D Lark, Wyatt H Page, Philip W Fink, Sarah P Shultz
A rugby scrum's front row must act uniformly to transfer maximal horizontal force and improve performance. This study investigated the muscle activation patterns of lower extremity muscles in front row forwards during live and machine scrums at professional and amateur levels. Electromyography was collected bilaterally on vastus lateralis, rectus femoris and gastrocnemius muscles of 75 male rugby prop players during live and machine scrums. ANOVAs compared muscle reaction time, rate of change in muscle amplitude and muscle amplitude between groups and conditions...
May 16, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768095/test-retest-reliability-of-kinetic-variables-measured-on-campus-board-in-sport-climbers
#7
Edgardo Alvares de Campos Abreu, Sílvia Ribeiro Santos Araújo, Gustavo Henrique da Cunha Peixoto Cançado, André Gustavo Pereira de Andrade, Mauro Heleno Chagas, Hans-Joachim Karl Menzel
Sport climbers frequently use campus board (CB) to improve their upper limb strength under similar conditions of high-difficulty sport climbing routes. The objective of this study was to assess the test-retest reliability of peak force and impulse measured using a CB instrumented with two load cells on starting holds. The same evaluator examined 22 climbers on two days with 48 h between the assessments. The participants performed five concentric lunges (CL) and five lunges with stretch-shortening cycle with 1 min intervals between repetitions and 10 min between exercises...
May 16, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768094/lower-limb-stiffness-testing-in-athletic-performance-a-critical-review
#8
Sean J Maloney, Iain M Fletcher
Stiffness describes the resistance of a body to deformation. In regard to athletic performance, a stiffer leg-spring would be expected to augment performance by increasing utilisation of elastic energy. Two-dimensional spring-mass and torsional spring models can be applied to model whole-body (vertical and/or leg stiffness) and joint stiffness. Various tasks have been used to characterise stiffness, including hopping, gait, jumping, sledge ergometry and change of direction tasks. Appropriate levels of reliability have been reported in most tasks, although they vary between investigations...
May 16, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768093/alterations-in-kinematics-and-muscle-activation-patterns-with-the-addition-of-a-kipping-action-during-a-pull-up-activity
#9
Christopher Dinunzio, Nathaniel Porter, John Van Scoy, Derrick Cordice, Ryan S McCulloch
Recently, addition of a gymnastics glide kip to a standard pull-up (SPU) has resulted in the kipping pull-up (KPU). Changes in muscle activation and kinematics were evaluated with eleven athletes performing sets of 5 SPU and 5 KPU. Surface electromyography of upper body and lower body muscles was recorded along with movement kinematics obtained via markers and motion tracking software. Most kinematic variables were significantly higher in the KPU including (KPU minus SPU deg): Max hip angle (48.8° ± 6.8°, p < 0...
May 16, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768090/kinematic-differences-in-upper-limb-joints-between-flat-and-topspin-forehand-drives-in-competitive-male-tennis-players
#10
Cyril Genevois, Machar Reid, Thomas Creveaux, Isabelle Rogowski
The topspin tennis forehand drive has become a feature of modern game; yet, as compared to the serve, there has been little research analysing its kinematics. This is surprising given that there is considerably more variation in the execution of the topspin forehand. Our study is the first to examine the amplitude of upper limb joint rotations that produce topspin in the forehand drives of 14 male competitive tennis players using video-based motion analysis. Humerothoracic abduction (-)/adduction (+), extension (-) /flexion (+), and external (-)/internal (+) rotation, elbow extension (-) /flexion (+) and forearm supination (-)/pronation (+), wrist extension (-)/flexion (+) and ulnar (-)/radial (-) deviation were computed...
May 16, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768088/foot-and-ankle-joint-movements-of-dancers-and-non-dancers-a-comparative-study
#11
Ho-Jung Cho, Soyeon Kim, Joon-Yong Jung, Dai-Soon Kwak
Ballerinas use their ankle joints more extremely and sustain injuries on the ankle joint more frequently than non-dancers. Therefore, the ankle movement of dancers is important and should be studied to prevent injuries. Measuring ankle joint range of motion (ROM) using radiographs could demonstrate the contribution to motion of each joint. The aim of this study was to analyse and compare ankle joint movements and the ratio of each joint's contribution during movement between dancers and non-dancers, using radiographic images...
May 16, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767577/the-relationship-between-inertial-measurement-unit-derived-force-signatures-and-ground-reaction-forces-during-cricket-pace-bowling
#12
Samuel J Callaghan, Robert G Lockie, Warren A Andrews, Robert F Chipchase, Sophia Nimphius
This study assessed the reliability and validity of segment measured accelerations in comparison to front foot contact (FFC) ground reaction force (GRF) during the delivery stride for cricket pace bowlers. Eleven recreational bowlers completed a 30-delivery bowling spell. Trunk- and tibia-mounted inertial measurement units (IMUs) were used to measure accelerations, converted to force, for comparisons to force plate GRF discrete measures. These measures included peak force, impulse and the continuous force-time curve in the vertical and braking (horizontal) planes...
May 16, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754533/the-validation-of-a-swimming-turn-wall-contact-time-measurement-system-a-touchpad-application-reliability-study
#13
Victoria Brackley, Kevin Ball, Elaine Tor
The effectiveness of the swimming turn is highly influential to overall performance in competitive swimming. The push-off or wall contact, within the turn phase, is directly involved in determining the speed the swimmer leaves the wall. Therefore, it is paramount to develop reliable methods to measure the wall-contact-time during the turn phase for training and research purposes. The aim of this study was to determine the concurrent validity and reliability of the Pool Pad App to measure wall-contact-time during the freestyle and backstroke tumble turn...
May 12, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754531/the-role-of-subconcussive-impacts-on-sway-velocities-in-division-i-men-s-lacrosse-players
#14
Theresa L Miyashita, Eleni Diakogeorgiou, Kaitlyn Marrie
Head impacts resulting in a concussion negatively affect the vestibular system, but little is known about the effect of subconcussive impacts on this system. This study's objective was to determine if subconcussive head impacts sustained over one competitive lacrosse season, effect sway velocity. Healthy Division I male lacrosse players (n = 33; aged 19.52 ± 1.20 years) wore instrumented helmets to track head impact exposures. At the beginning and end of the season the players completed an instrumented Balance Error Scoring System assessment to assess sway velocity...
May 12, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671697/a-biomechanical-comparison-of-dominant-and-non-dominant-limbs-during-a-side-step-cutting-task
#15
Christine D Pollard, Marc F Norcross, Sam T Johnson, Amanda E Stone, Eunwook Chang, Mark A Hoffman
Numerous studies have investigated anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury risk by examining gender differences in knee and hip biomechanics during a side-step cutting manoeuvre since it is known that ACL injury often occurs during such a task. Recent investigations have also examined lower extremity (LE) biomechanics during side-step cutting in individuals following ACL reconstruction (ACLR). Common research practice is to compare knee and hip biomechanics of the dominant limb between groups but this can add considerable complexity for clinicians and researchers...
April 19, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29631497/assessing-rugby-place-kick-performance-from-initial-ball-flight-kinematics-development-validation-and-application-of-a-new-measure
#16
Alexandra Atack, Grant Trewartha, Neil E Bezodis
The appropriate determination of performance outcome is critical when appraising a performer's technique. Previous studies of rugby place kicking technique have typically assessed performance based on ball velocity, but this is not the sole requirement. Therefore, a mathematical model of rugby place kick ball flight was developed to yield a single measure more representative of true performance. The model, which requires only initial ball flight kinematics, was calibrated and validated using empirical place kick data, and found to predict ball position with a mean error of 4...
April 9, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29607736/muscle-activation-and-local-muscular-fatigue-during-a-12-minute-rotational-bridge
#17
Sally D Lark, James A Dickie, James A Faulkner, Matthew J Barnes
Due to anecdotal reports of back pain during a 12-minute rotational bridge test by uniformed services, the level of fatigue leading to possible back pain and or injury was investigated. We hypothesised a high level of fatigue due to diminishing core muscle activation. Nineteen highly trained uniformed service members were measured by surface electromyography of the rectus abdominis, external oblique, internal oblique, lumbar erector spinae, thoracic erector spinae and latissimus dorsi. Average rectified electromyography amplitude (AEMG) and median power frequency were analysed to determine activation and fatigue...
April 2, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29578385/comparison-of-step-by-step-kinematics-of-resisted-assisted-and-unloaded-20-m-sprint-runs
#18
Roland van den Tillaar, Paul Gamble
This investigation examined step-by-step kinematics of sprint running acceleration. Using a randomised counterbalanced approach, 37 female team handball players (age 17.8 ± 1.6 years, body mass 69.6 ± 9.1 kg, height 1.74 ± 0.06 m) performed resisted, assisted and unloaded 20-m sprints within a single session. 20-m sprint times and step velocity, as well as step length, step frequency, contact and flight times of each step were evaluated for each condition with a laser gun and an infrared mat. Almost all measured parameters were altered for each step under the resisted and assisted sprint conditions (η2  ≥ 0...
March 26, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29578384/start-and-turn-performances-of-elite-sprinters-at-the-2016-european-championships-in-swimming
#19
Jorge E Morais, Daniel A Marinho, Raul Arellano, Tiago M Barbosa
The aim of this study was to examine the performance characteristics of male and female finalists in the 100-m distance at the 2016 European Championships in swimming (long-course-metre). The performances of all 64 (32-males and 32-females) were analysed (8 swimmers per event; Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly). A set of start and turn parameters were analysed. In the start main outcome, male swimmers were faster in Butterfly (5.71 ± 0.14s) and females in Freestyle (6.68 ± 0.28s). In the turn main outcome, male and female swimmers were faster in Freestyle (males: 9...
March 26, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29578381/stride-length-the-impact-on-propulsion-and-bracing-ground-reaction-force-in-overhand-throwing
#20
Dan K Ramsey, Ryan L Crotin
Propulsion and bracing ground reaction force (GRF) in overhand throwing are integral in propagating joint reaction kinetics and ball velocity, yet how stride length effects drive (hind) and stride (lead) leg GRF profiles remain unknown. Using a randomised crossover design, 19 pitchers (15 collegiate and 4 high school) were assigned to throw 2 simulated 80-pitch games at ±25% of their desired stride length. An integrated motion capture system with two force plates and radar gun tracked each throw. Vertical and anterior-posterior GRF was normalised then impulse was derived...
March 26, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
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