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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412025/the-influence-of-chronic-il-6-exposure-in-vivo-on-rat-achilles-tendon-extracellular-matrix
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Mark S Katsma, Shivam H Patel, Erica Eldon, Kathryn A Corbell, Kevin L Shimkus, James D Fluckey, Chad C Carroll
When compared to placebo, acetaminophen (APAP) reduces tendon stiffness and collagen cross-linking. APAP also enhances the exercise-induced increase in peritendinous levels of IL-6. Elevated levels of IL-6 are associated with tendinopathy, thus we hypothesized that chronic, elevated peritendinous IL-6 would alter tendon extracellular matrix (ECM). IL-6 (∼3000pgml(-1)) was injected (3dwk(-1) for 8-wks) into the Achilles peritendinous region of male Wistar rats (n=16) with the opposite leg serving as a sham...
April 13, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353085/alterations-in-mechanical-properties-of-the-patellar-tendon-is-associated-with-pain-in-athletes-with-patellar-tendinopathy
#2
W C Lee, Z J Zhang, L Masci, G Y F Ng, Siu Ngor Fu
PURPOSE: To compare tendon strain and stiffness between athletes with patellar tendinopathy and healthy controls, and explore whether the intensity of pain and dysfunction were related to the mechanical properties of the tendon. METHODS: Thirty-four male athletes with patellar tendinopathy and 13 healthy controls matched by age and activity levels were recruited. The in vivo mechanical properties of the patellar tendon were examined by ultrasonography and dynamometry...
March 28, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348529/sport-specific-capacity-to-use-elastic-energy-in-the-patellar-and-achilles-tendons-of-elite-athletes
#3
Hans-Peter Wiesinger, Florian Rieder, Alexander Kösters, Erich Müller, Olivier R Seynnes
Introduction: During running and jumping activities, elastic energy is utilized to enhance muscle mechanical output and efficiency. However, training-induced variations in tendon spring-like properties remain under-investigated. The present work extends earlier findings on sport-specific profiles of tendon stiffness and cross-sectional area to examine whether years of distinct loading patterns are reflected by tendons' ability to store and return energy. Methods:Ultrasound scans were performed to examine the morphological features of knee extensor and plantar flexor muscle-tendon units in elite ski jumpers, distance runners, water polo players, and sedentary controls...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290718/assessments-of-mechanical-stiffness-and-relationships-to-performance-determinants-in-middle-distance-runners
#4
Simon A Rogers, Chris S Whatman, Simon N Pearson, Andrew E Kilding
PURPOSE: This study aimed to examine relationships between methods of lower-limb stiffness and their associations with running economy (RE) and maximal velocity (vmax) in middle-distance (MD) runners. METHODS: Eleven highly-trained male MD runners performed a series of mechanical and physiological tests to determine maximal overground sprint speed, RE and V̇O2peak. Achilles tendon stiffness (kT) was estimated using ultrasonography during maximal isometric ankle plantarflexion...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179885/plyometric-training-favors-optimizing-muscle-tendon-behavior-during-depth-jumping
#5
Kuniaki Hirayama, Soichiro Iwanuma, Naoki Ikeda, Ayumi Yoshikawa, Ryoichi Ema, Yasuo Kawakami
The purpose of the present study was to elucidate how plyometric training improves stretch-shortening cycle (SSC) exercise performance in terms of muscle strength, tendon stiffness, and muscle-tendon behavior during SSC exercise. Eleven men were assigned to a training group and ten to a control group. Subjects in the training group performed depth jumps (DJ) using only the ankle joint for 12 weeks. Before and after the period, we observed reaction forces at foot, muscle-tendon behavior of the gastrocnemius, and electromyographic activities of the triceps surae and tibialis anterior during DJ...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128865/modelling-the-effect-of-race-surface-and-racehorse-limb-parameters-on-in-silico-fetlock-motion-and-propensity-for-injury
#6
J E Symons, D A Hawkins, D P Fyhrie, S K Upadhyaya, S M Stover
BACKGROUND: The metacarpophalangeal joint (fetlock) is the most commonly affected site of racehorse injury, with multiple observed pathologies that are consistent with extreme fetlock dorsiflexion. Race surface mechanics affect musculoskeletal structure loading and injury risk because surface forces applied to the hoof affect limb motions. Race surface mechanics are a function of controllable factors. Thus, race surface design has the potential to reduce the incidence of musculoskeletal injury through modulation of limb motions...
January 27, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109535/resistance-training-minimizes-the-biomechanical-effects-of-aging-in-three-different-rat-tendons
#7
Rita de Cássia Marqueti, Jeeser Alves Almeida, Wilson Romero Nakagaki, Vinicius Guzzoni, Fábio Boghi, Adriana Renner, Paulo Eugênio Silva, João Luiz Quagliotti Durigan, Heloisa Sobreiro Selistre-de-Araújo
Aging process is characterized by a decline in the organism functionality, especially in the decrease of muscle function, which also affects tendons. On the other hand, the resistance training (RT) has been used as an important tool to increase muscle and tendineous function during aging. Thus, this study aim has been to verify the effects of RT on the biomechanical properties of three different aged rat tendons. For this purpose, 20 wistar rats have been divided into four groups (5 rats per group): young sedentary (YS), trained (YT), old sedentary (OS) and old trained (OT)...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108983/shear-wave-elastography-is-a-reliable-and-repeatable-method-for-measuring-the-elastic-modulus-of-the-rectus-femoris-muscle-and-patellar-tendon
#8
Serkan Taş, Mehmet Ruhi Onur, Seval Yılmaz, Abdullah Ruhi Soylu, Feza Korkusuz
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine intraobserver, interobserver, and inter-day reliability levels for stiffness measurements of the patellar tendon and rectus femoris muscle using shear wave elastography (SWE). METHODS: This study was conducted on 12 healthy male individuals. Two examiners measured mean shear wave velocity values of the patellar tendons and rectus femoris muscles of both extremities using a 9L4 (4-9 MHz) transducer and an Acuson S3000 ultrasound system (Siemens Medical Solutions, Mountain View, CA)...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051342/effects-of-thermal-agent-and-physical-activity-on-muscle-tendon-stiffness-and-effects-combined-with-static-stretching
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Kosuke Fujita, Masatoshi Nakamura, Hiroki Umegaki, Takuya Kobayashi, Satoru Nishishita, Hiroki Tanaka, Satoko Ibuki, Noriaki Ichihashi
CONTEXT: A recent review or article reported that thermal agents (TA) or physical activity (PA) can increase range of motion (ROM), and that the combination of TA with stretching is superior to performing stretching only. However, since ROM is affected by the participants' psychological factors, it is questionable whether these studies measured the effect of these intervention on muscle flexibility. By measuring muscle stiffness, we attempted to evaluate the effect these intervention on muscle flexibility...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984497/acute-effects-of-the-different-intensity-of-static-stretching-on-flexibility-and-isometric-muscle-force
#10
Satoshi Kataura, Shigeyuki Suzuki, Shingo Matsuo, Genki Hatano, Masahiro Iwata, Kazuaki Yokoi, Wakako Tsuchida, Yasuhiro Banno, Yuji Asai
In various fields, static stretching is commonly performed to improve flexibility, whereas the acute effects of different stretch intensities are unclear. Therefore, we investigated the acute effects of different stretch intensities on flexibility and muscle force. Eighteen healthy participants (nine men, nine women) performed 180-s static stretches of the right hamstrings at 80%, 100%, and 120% of maximum tolerable intensity without stretching pain, in random order. The following outcomes were assessed as markers of lower limb function and flexibility: static passive torque (SPT), range of motion (ROM), passive joint (muscle-tendon) stiffness, passive torque at onset of pain (PT), and isometric muscle force...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932679/tendon-collagen-synthesis-declines-with-immobilization-in-elderly-humans-no-effect-of-anti-inflammatory-medication
#11
Kasper Dideriksen, Anders Ploug Boesen, Søren Reitelseder, Christian Couppe, Rene Brüggebusch Svensson, Peter Schjerling, S Peter Magnusson, Lars Holm, Michael Kjaer
BACKGROUND: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) are used as pain killers during periods of unloading caused by traumatic occurrences or diseases. However, it is unknown how the tendon protein turnover and mechanical properties responds to unloading and subsequent loading in elderly humans, and especially whether NSAIDs affect tendon adaptation during such periods. Thus, we studied the influence of NSAID upon the human patellar tendon protein synthesis and mechanical properties during immobilization and subsequent rehabilitating resistance training...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932678/adjustments-with-running-speed-reveal-neuromuscular-adaptations-during-landing-associated-with-high-mileage-running-training
#12
Jasper Verheul, Adam C Clansey, Mark J Lake
It remains to be determined whether running training influences the amplitude of lower limb muscle activations prior to and during the first half of stance, and whether such changes are associated with joint stiffness regulation and usage of stored energy from tendons. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate neuromuscular and movement adaptations before and during landing in response to running training across a range of speeds. Two groups of high mileage (HM; >45 km/wk, n=13) and low mileage (LM; <15 km/wk, n=13) runners ran at four speeds (2...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863739/the-influence-of-testing-angle-on-the-biomechanical-properties-of-the-rat-supraspinatus-tendon
#13
Michael D Newton, Abigail A Davidson, Ryan Pomajzl, Joseph Seta, Michael D Kurdziel, Tristan Maerz
Rotator cuff tears are a common shoulder pathology. The rat supraspinatus tendon model is commonly employed for preclinical assessment of rotator cuff pathology or regeneration. However, there is a lack of a standardized biomechanical testing protocol; previous studies have tested the tendon at abduction angles ranging from -15° to 90°. This study aimed to assess the effect of abduction/testing angle on the biomechanical properties of the rat supraspinatus tendon. Fourty-eight shoulders (n=12/group) from healthy Sprague-Dawley rats were randomized to 4 testing angle groups: 0° (corresponding to 90° abduction), 30°, 60°, and 90° (0° abduction)...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824567/shear-wave-measurements-for-evaluation-of-tendon-diseases
#14
Chia-Lun Yeh, Po-Ling Kuo, Jean-Luc Gennisson, Javier Brum, Mickael Tanter, Pai-Chi Li
This paper investigated the feasibility of using supersonic shear wave measurements to quantitatively differentiate normal and damaged tendons based on their mechanical properties. Five freshly harvested porcine tendons excised from pig legs were used. Tendon damage was induced by incubating the tendons with a 1% w/v collagenase solution. Values of shear modulus were derived both by a time-of-flight (TOF) approach and a transverse isotropic plate model (TI-model). The results show that as the preload applied to the tendon increased from 0 to 3 N, the mean shear modulus derived based on the TOF approach, the TI-model, and Young's modulus estimated from mechanical testing increased from 14...
November 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768508/asynchronous-alterations-of-muscle-force-and-tendon-stiffness-following-8-week-resistance-exercise-with-whole-body-vibration-in-older-women
#15
Seong-Won Han, Dae-Yeon Lee, Dong-Sung Choi, Boram Han, Jin-Sun Kim, Hae-Dong Lee
This study aimed to examine whether muscle force and tendon stiffness in a muscle -tendon complex alter synchronously following 8-week whole-body vibration (WBV) training in older people. Forty older women aged 65 years and older, were randomly assigned into Control (CON, n=15) and WBV training groups (Exposure Time (ET, n=13) and Vibration Intensity (VI, n=12)). For the training groups, 4-week detraining period was subjected following the training period. Throughout the training/detraining period, force of the medial gastrocnemius (MG) muscle and stiffness of the Achilles tendon were assessed 4 times (0, 4, 8, and 12-week) using a combined system of dynamometer and ultrasonography...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27747846/human-tendon-adaptation-in-response-to-mechanical-loading-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-exercise-intervention-studies-on-healthy-adults
#16
REVIEW
Sebastian Bohm, Falk Mersmann, Adamantios Arampatzis
BACKGROUND: The present article systematically reviews recent literature on the in vivo adaptation of asymptomatic human tendons following increased chronic mechanical loading, and meta-analyzes the loading conditions, intervention outcomes, as well as methodological aspects. METHODS: The search was performed in the databases PubMed, Web of Knowledge, and Scopus as well as in the reference lists of the eligible articles. A study was included if it conducted (a) a longitudinal exercise intervention (≥8 weeks) on (b) healthy humans (18 to 50 years), (c) investigating the effects on mechanical (i...
December 2015: Sports Medicine—Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27717059/human-col5a1-polymorphisms-and-quadriceps-muscle-tendon-mechanical-stiffness-in-vivo
#17
Eric A Kirk, Colin W Moore, Eric J Chater-Diehl, Shiva M Singh, Charles L Rice
What is the central question of the study? Do COL5A1 gene variants, previously reported to have diminished transcript stability, manifest in physiological phenotypes of quadriceps muscle-tendon contractile properties and mechanical stiffness in humans? What is the main finding and its importance? COL5A1 gene variants influence mechanical stiffness, not seeming to affect low-level contractile properties in humans. Functional differences in COL5A1 manifest during moderate- to high-level contractions. Polymorphisms of the collagen type V alpha 1 chain (COL5A1) gene are purported to influence mechanical properties of collagenous tissues...
December 1, 2016: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27695979/aging-and-the-effects-of-a-half-marathon-on-achilles-tendon-force-elongation-relationship
#18
Thijs Maria Anne Ackermans, Gaspar Epro, Christopher McCrum, Kai Daniel Oberländer, Frank Suhr, Maarten Robert Drost, Kenneth Meijer, Kiros Karamanidis
PURPOSE: We aimed to determine whether there are different changes in Achilles tendon (AT) mechanical properties in middle-aged, compared to younger runners that might indicate that tendon fatigue, induced by long-distance running, is age-dependent. METHODS: 27 middle-aged (50-67 years) and 22 younger (21-29 years) participants ran a 21 km route at their own pace (mean and SD: old: 3.1 ± 0.3 m s(-1); young: 3.6 ± 0.5 m s(-1)). We tested for changes in the AT force-elongation relationship using dynamometry and ultrasonography during isometric voluntary ankle plantarflexion ramp contractions, conducted 20-28 h pre-run, immediately pre-run, immediately post-run and 20-28 h post-run...
December 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27629031/muscle-spring-dynamics-in-time-limited-elastic-movements
#19
M V Rosario, G P Sutton, S N Patek, G S Sawicki
Muscle contractions that load in-series springs with slow speed over a long duration do maximal work and store the most elastic energy. However, time constraints, such as those experienced during escape and predation behaviours, may prevent animals from achieving maximal force capacity from their muscles during spring-loading. Here, we ask whether animals that have limited time for elastic energy storage operate with springs that are tuned to submaximal force production. To answer this question, we used a dynamic model of a muscle-spring system undergoing a fixed-end contraction, with parameters from a time-limited spring-loader (bullfrog: Lithobates catesbeiana) and a non-time-limited spring-loader (grasshopper: Schistocerca gregaria)...
September 14, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27622405/real-time-sonoelastography-of-the-patellar-and-quadriceps-tendons-pattern-description-in-professional-athletes-and-healthy-volunteers
#20
Ayse Nur Sirin Ozcan, Sinan Tan, Nuray Gulden Tangal, Saliha Cıracı, Savas Kudas, Suleyman Bulent Bektaser, Halil Arslan
AIMS: The comparison of elastographic features of quadriceps and patellar tendons in a group of professional athletes and healthy volunteers and the description of elasticity characteristics of these tendons. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty-nine professional athletes (22 male, 17 female; mean age 18.5 years) and 35 healthy volunteers (21 male, 14 female; mean age 19 years) were included. They were divided into two groups by gender. Quadriceps tendon, patellar side of the patellar tendon, and tibial side of the patellar tendon elasticity patterns and strain ratios were investigated with real-time ultrasound elastography...
September 2016: Medical Ultrasonography
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