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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340006/the-impact-of-the-progressive-efficiency-test-on-a-rowing-ergometer-on-white-blood-cells-distribution-and-clinical-chemistry-changes-in-paralympic-rowers-during-the-preparatory-stage-before-the-paralympic-games-in-rio-2016-a-case-report
#1
Robert Nowak, Rafał Buryta, Krzysztof Krupecki, Tomasz Zając, Marek Zawartka, Patrizia Proia, Dorota Kostrzewa-Nowak
There is a large gap in knowledge regarding research on post-exercise blood changes in disabled athletes. There are relatively few data on adaptive mechanisms to exercise in disabled athletes, including disabled rowers. Two rowers from a Polish adaptive rowing settle TAMix2x that qualified for the Paralympic Games in Rio, 2016 took part in this study. They performed a progressive test on a rowing ergometer until exhaustion. The cardiorespiratory fitness measures, complete blood count, white blood cells' distribution and 30 clinical chemistry variables describing laboratory diagnostic profiles and general health were determined...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340005/comparison-of-aerobic-performance-testing-protocols-in-elite-male-wheelchair-basketball-players
#2
Bartosz Molik, Andrzej Kosmol, Natalia Morgulec-Adamowicz, Judit Lencse-Mucha, Anna Mróz, Karol Gryko, Jolanta Marszałek
In wheelchair sports, aerobic performance is commonly assessed with the use of an arm crank ergometer (ACE), a wheelchair ergometer (WCE) or a wheelchair treadmill (WCT). There are different protocols to identify peak oxygen uptake in wheelchair sports; however, only a few protocols have been applied to evaluate these conditions in wheelchair basketball players. The purpose of this study was to compare physiological responses during maximal exercise testing with the use of ACE and WCT in wheelchair basketball players...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340004/performance-and-kinematic-differences-in-putting-between-healthy-and-disabled-elite-golfers
#3
Tomáš Gryc, Petr Stastny, František Zahálka, Wojciech Smółka, Piotr Żmijewski, Artur Gołaś, Marek Zawartka, Tomáš Malý
Golfers with disability are limited in the execution of the full golf swing, but their performance in putting may be comparable because this stroke does not demand significant strength, balance and range of motion. Therefore, the aim of this study was to compare putting performance, kinetic and kinematic consistency between golfers with different disabilities and healthy athletes. The participants consisted of three disabled athletes (perinatal cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, below knee lower limb amputee) and three healthy golfers (age 34 ± 4...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340003/sports-activity-following-cementless-metaphyseal-hip-joint-arthroplasty
#4
Szymon Czech, Jacek Hermanson, Piotr Rodak, Tomasz Stołtny, Łukasz Rodak, Sławomir Kasperczyk, Bogdan Koczy, Michał Mielnik
An adequate level of physical activity has a substantial effect on both mental and physical human health. Physical activity is largely dependent on the function of the musculoskeletal and articular system. One of the most frequent diseases of this system is degenerative joint disease. Due to the changing and more demanding lifestyles and patients' willingness to be involved in sports activity, the expectations of hip joint arthroplasty are becoming increasingly high. Alleviating pain ceases to be the only reason for which patients choose surgical interventions, while the expectations often include involvement in various sports...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340002/performance-changes-of-elite-paralympic-judo-athletes-during-a-paralympic-games-cycle-a-case-study-with-the-brazilian-national-team
#5
Irineu Loturco, Lucas A Pereira, Ciro Winckler, Jaime R Bragança, Roger A da Fonseca, Ronaldo Kobal, Cesar C Cal Abad, Katia Kitamura, Fabio Y Nakamura, Emerson Franchini
The aim of this study was to describe the variations in power performance of elite Paralympic judo athletes across three consecutive training cycles of preparation for the ParaPan American Games, the World Championship and the Paralympic Games. Eleven Paralympic judokas from the Brazilian National team participated in this study. They were repeatedly assessed using squat and countermovement jumps, mean propulsive power (MPP) in the jump-squat (JS), the bench press and prone bench pull at several moments of the preparation...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340001/neuromuscular-control-during-the-bench-press-movement-in-an-elite-disabled-and-able-bodied-athlete
#6
Artur Gołaś, Anna Zwierzchowska, Adam Maszczyk, Michał Wilk, Petr Stastny, Adam Zając
The disabled population varies significantly in regard to physical fitness, what is conditioned by the damage to the locomotor system. Recently there has been an increased emphasis on the role of competitive sport in enhancing health and the quality of life of individuals with disability. One of the sport disciplines of Paralympics is the flat bench press. The bench press is one of the most popular resistance exercises used for the upper body in healthy individuals. It is used not only by powerlifters, but also by athletes in most strength-speed oriented sport disciplines...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340000/sprinting-change-of-direction-ability-and-horizontal-jump-performance-in-youth-runners-according-to-gender
#7
Javier Yanci, Asier Los Arcos, Daniel Castillo, Jesús Cámara
The purpose of the study was to assess straight sprinting, change of direction ability and horizontal jump performance in youth runners according to age and gender. Two hundred and fifty-five youth runners (116 boys and 139 girls) participated in this study. The athletes were divided according to their age into five groups: under 8 yr (U8), under 10 yr (U10), under 12 yr (U12), under 14 yr (U14) and under 16 yr (U16). Significant differences (p < 0.01) were found between U8 and U10 in the 5 m sprint (d = 1...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339999/reliability-and-usefulness-of-the-30-15-intermittent-fitness-test-in-male-and-female-professional-futsal-players
#8
Santiago Valladares-Rodríguez, Ezequiel Rey, Marcos Mecías-Calvo, Roberto Barcala-Furelos, Antonio J Bores-Cerezal
The purpose of this study was to determine the reliability and usefulness of the 30-15 Intermittent Fitness Test (30-15IFT) in professional male and female futsal players. Thirteen male (24.4 ± 5.6 years; 174.5 ± 10.3 cm; 70.3 ± 9.9 kg) and fourteen female (23.3 ± 4.5 years; 165.8 ± 6.2 cm; 61.7 ± 5.5 kg) professional futsal players performed the 30-15IFT on two occasions, separated by 5 days. Maximal intermittent running velocity (VIFT) and heart rate at exhaustion (HRpeak) data were collected for both tests...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339998/planning-training-loads-for-the-400-m-hurdles-in-three-month-mesocycles-using-artificial-neural-networks
#9
Krzysztof Przednowek, Janusz Iskra, Krzysztof Wiktorowicz, Tomasz Krzeszowski, Adam Maszczyk
This paper presents a novel approach to planning training loads in hurdling using artificial neural networks. The neural models performed the task of generating loads for athletes' training for the 400 meters hurdles. All the models were calculated based on the training data of 21 Polish National Team hurdlers, aged 22.25 ± 1.96, competing between 1989 and 2012. The analysis included 144 training plans that represented different stages in the annual training cycle. The main contribution of this paper is to develop neural models for planning training loads for the entire career of a typical hurdler...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339997/the-relative-age-effect-on-soccer-players-in-formative-stages-with-different-sport-expertise-levels
#10
Alba Práxedes, Alberto Moreno, Luis García-González, David Pizarro, Fernando Del Villar
The Relative Age Effect (RAE) in sport has been targeted by many research studies. The objective of this study was to analyze, in amateur clubs, the RAE of soccer players, according to the sport expertise level of the team (e.g., A, B, C and subsequent) that they belong to within the same game category. 1,098 soccer players in formative stages took part in the study, with ages varying between 6 and 18 years old (U8 to U19 categories). All of them were members of 4 Spanish federated clubs. The birth dates were classified into 4 quartiles (Q1 = Jan-Mar; Q2 = Apr-Jun; Q3 = Jul-Sept; Q4 = Oct-Dec)according to the team they belonged to...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339996/judging-in-rhythmic-gymnastics-at-different-levels-of-performance
#11
Catarina Leandro, Lurdes Ávila-Carvalho, Elena Sierra-Palmeiro, Marta Bobo-Arce
This study aimed to analyse the quality of difficulty judging in rhythmic gymnastics, at different levels of performance. The sample consisted of 1152 difficulty scores concerning 288 individual routines, performed in the World Championships in 2013. The data were analysed using the mean absolute judge deviation from the final difficulty score, a Cronbach's alpha coefficient and intra-class correlations, for consistency and reliability assessment. For validity assessment, mean deviations of judges' difficulty scores, the Kendall's coefficient of concordance W and ANOVA eta-squared values were calculated...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339995/physical-performance-and-anthropometric-characteristics-of-male-south-african-university-soccer-players
#12
Alliance Kubayi, Yvonne Paul, Prescott Mahlangu, Abel Toriola
Soccer is the most popular sport worldwide. Despite its global acclaim, scientific studies of soccer have tended to focus on tactics and techniques, thereby neglecting the physical and physiological profile of the players. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine physical and anthropometric characteristics of male South African university soccer players. Twenty-seven male soccer players aged 19 to 24 (mean age: 22.1 years; s = 1.5 years) volunteered to participate in the study. The results showed that goalkeepers (77...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339994/the-second-to-fourth-digit-ratio-in-elite-and-non-elite-greco-roman-wrestlers
#13
Mohammad Keshavarz, Mahdi Bayati, Babak Farzad, Amirbahador Dakhili, Hamid Agha-Alinejad
A low second-to-fourth digit ratio (2D:4D) has been reported to correlate with high performance and athletic potential of an individual in sport. It has been suggested that 2D:4D is a relatively weak predictor of strength and a stronger predictor of efficiency in aerobic exercise. Comparing extreme groups on a continuum of sports performance requiring high power (physical strength) output would be helpful to resolve this issue. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to compare the 2D:4D ratio of world-class elite Greco-Roman wrestlers (n = 10) taking part in Olympic fitness camps in 2013 with the 2D:4D ratio of non-elite collegiate wrestlers (n = 20), and age-matched sedentary males (n = 40)...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339993/functional-and-muscle-size-effects-of-flywheel-resistance-training-with-eccentric-overload-in-professional-handball-players
#14
Sergio Maroto-Izquierdo, David García-López, José A de Paz
The aim of the study was to analyse the effects of 6 week (15 sessions) flywheel resistance training with eccentric-overload (FRTEO) on different functional and anatomical variables in professional handball players. Twenty-nine athletes were recruited and randomly divided into two groups. The experimental group (EXP, n = 15) carried out 15 sessions of FRTEO in the leg-press exercise, with 4 sets of 7 repetitions at a maximum-concentric effort. The control group (CON, n = 14) performed the same number of training sessions including 4 sets of 7 maximum repetitions (7RM) using a weight-stack leg-press machine...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339992/effects-of-passive-and-active-rest-on-physiological-responses-and-time-motion-characteristics-in-different-small-sided-soccer-games
#15
Ersan Arslan, Utku Alemdaroglu, Yusuf Koklu, Tahir Hazir, Surhat Muniroglu, Baris Karakoc
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of resting regimes on physiological responses and time motion characteristics between bouts during small sided games (SSGs) in young soccer players. Sixteen players (average age 16.87 ± 0.34 years; body height 176.69 ± 3.21 cm; body mass 62.40 ± 2.59 kg; training experience 3.75 ± 0.44 years) performed four bouts 2-a-side, 3-a-side and 4-a-side games with three minutes active (SSGar: Running at 70% of HRmax) and passive (SSGpr) rest between bouts at two-day intervals...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339991/multivariate-profiles-of-selected-versus-non-selected-elite-youth-brazilian-soccer-players
#16
Rodrigo Aquino, Isabella S Alves, Maickel B Padilha, Filipe Casanova, Enrico F Puggina, José Maia
This study determined whether a multivariate profile more effectively discriminated selected than non-selected elite youth Brazilian soccer players. This examination was carried out on 66 youth soccer players (selected, n = 28, mean age 16.3 ± 0.1; non-selected, n = 38, mean age 16.7 ± 0.4) using objective instruments. Multivariate profiles were assessed through anthropometric characteristics, biological maturation, tactical-technical skills, and motor performance. The Student's t-test identified that selected players exhibited significantly higher values for height (t = 2...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339990/high-intensity-small-sided-games-versus-repeated-sprint-training-in-junior-soccer-players
#17
Niyazi Eniseler, Çağatay Şahan, Ilker Özcan, Kıvanç Dinler
The aim of this study was to compare the effects of high-intensity small-sided games training (SSGT) versus repeated-sprint training (RST) on repeated-sprint ability (RSA), soccer specific endurance performance and short passing ability among junior soccer players. The junior soccer players were recruited from of a professional team (age 16.9 ± 1.1 years). The tests included the repeated-shuttle-sprint ability test (RSSAT), Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test level 1 (Yo-Yo IR1) and Loughborough Soccer Passing Test (LSPT)...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339989/association-between-match-activity-variables-measures-of-fatigue-and-neuromuscular-performance-capacity-following-elite-competitive-soccer-matches
#18
Ian Varley, Ryan Lewin, Robert Needham, Robin T Thorpe, Ross Burbeary
The aim of the study was to assess the relationships between match activity variables, subsequent fatigue and neuromuscular performance capacity in elite soccer players. Subjects (n = 10) were professional soccer players participating in the English Championships. Match activity variables and markers of fatigue status were measured before and following two matches. Creatine kinase (CK) and muscle soreness were measured at baseline, immediately following, as well as 40 and 64 h post-match. Countermovement jump performance and perceived ratings of wellness were measured at baseline, then 40 and 64 h post-match...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339988/impact-of-futsal-and-swimming-participation-on-bone-health-in-young-athletes
#19
André Seabra, Ricardo J Fernandes, Elisa Marques, Miguel Moura, Esther Ubago-Guisado, Enrique Hernando, Leonor Gallardo
Physical activity plays a crucial role in bone mass acquisition during childhood and adolescence, with weightbearing and high-impact sport activities being more beneficial. This study sought to evaluate the impact of different sports activities on bone mineral density and content in male Portuguese athletes. Seventy adolescent boys (aged 12-15 years) including 28 futsal players (FG), 20 swimmers (SG) and 22 non-athletic adolescents used as control subjects (CG), participated in the current study. Areal bone mineral density (aBMD) and areal bone mineral content (aBMC) were measured by dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA)...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339987/physiological-demands-morphological-characteristics-physical-abilities-and-injuries-of-female-soccer-players
#20
Zoran Milanović, Goran Sporiš, Nic James, Nebojša Trajković, Aleksandar Ignjatović, Hugo Sarmento, Athos Trecroci, Bruno Miguel Borges Mendes
The popularity of female soccer is increasing as well as the number of females playing soccer. Similarly, over the last twenty or so years, research in soccer has increased significantly, but a large disparity exists in the volume of studies involving male and female players. As a consequence of this, female players remain less well understood compared to males. The purpose of the present narrative review was to describe morphological characteristics, physiological demands, physical abilities and injuries in female soccer players...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
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