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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208109/stability-against-backward-balance-loss-age-related-modifications-following-slip-like-perturbations-of-multiple-amplitudes
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Dario Martelli, Federica Aprigliano, Peppino Tropea, Guido Pasquini, Silvestro Micera, Vito Monaco
Falls are one of the most serious problems in the elderly. Although previous studies clearly link the increased risk of falls with ageing, the mechanisms responsible for the modifications of reactive motor behaviours in response to external perturbations are not yet fully understood. This study investigated how the stability against backward balance loss is affected by aging and intensity of perturbations. The Margin of Stability (MoS) was estimated while eight young and eight elderly adults managed three slip-like perturbations of different intensities while walking at the same normalized speed...
February 9, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197836/does-direction-of-walking-impact-binocular-rivalry-between-competing-patterns-of-optic-flow
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Richard Paris, Bobby Bodenheimer, Randolph Blake
When dissimilar monocular images are viewed simultaneously by the two eyes, stable binocular vision gives way to unstable vision characterized by alternations in dominance between the two images in a phenomenon called binocular rivalry. These alternations in perception reveal the existence of inhibitory interactions between neural representations associated with conflicting visual inputs. Binocular rivalry has been studied since the days of Wheatstone, but one recent strategy is to investigate its susceptibility to influences caused by one's own motor activity...
February 14, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157575/observing-prioritization-effects-on-cognition-and-gait-the-effect-of-increased-cognitive-load-on-cognitively-healthy-older-adults-dual-task-performance
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Linda M Maclean, Laura J E Brown, H Khadra, Arlene J Astell
Previous studies exploring the effects of attention-prioritization on cognitively healthy older adults' gait and cognitive dual task (DT) performance have shown DT cost in gait outcomes but inconsistent effects on cognitive performance, which may reflect task difficulty (the cognitive load). This study aimed to identify whether changing the cognitive load during a walking and counting DT improved the challenge/sensitivity of the cognitive task to observe prioritization effects on concurrent gait and cognitive performance outcomes...
January 24, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131487/effects-of-obesity-on-dynamic-stability-control-during-recovery-from-a-treadmill-induced-slip-among-young-adults
#4
Feng Yang, JaeEun Kim, Fei Yang
This study sought to investigate the effects of obesity on falls and dynamic stability control in young adults when subject to a standardized treadmill-induced gait-slip. Forty-four young adults (21 normal-weight and 23 obese) participated in this study. After their muscle strength was assessed at the right knee under maximum voluntary isometric (flexion and extension) contractions, participants were moved to an ActiveStep treadmill. Following 5 normal walking trials on the treadmill, all participants encountered an identical and unexpected slip defined as a perturbation in the anterior direction with the magnitude of 24-cm slip distance and 2...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126335/two-biomechanical-strategies-for-locomotor-adaptation-to-split-belt-treadmill-walking-in-subjects-with-and-without-transtibial-amputation
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Brian P Selgrade, Megan E Toney, Young-Hui Chang
Locomotor adaptation is commonly studied using split-belt treadmill walking, in which each foot is placed on a belt moving at a different speed. As subjects adapt to split-belt walking, they reduce metabolic power, but the biomechanical mechanism behind this improved efficiency is unknown. Analyzing mechanical work performed by the legs and joints during split-belt adaptation could reveal this mechanism. Because ankle work in the step-to-step transition is more efficient than hip work, we hypothesized that control subjects would reduce hip work on the fast belt and increase ankle work during the step-to-step transition as they adapted...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111152/how-ants-use-vision-when-homing-backward
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Sebastian Schwarz, Michael Mangan, Jochen Zeil, Barbara Webb, Antoine Wystrach
Ants can navigate over long distances between their nest and food sites using visual cues [1, 2]. Recent studies show that this capacity is undiminished when walking backward while dragging a heavy food item [3-5]. This challenges the idea that ants use egocentric visual memories of the scene for guidance [1, 2, 6]. Can ants use their visual memories of the terrestrial cues when going backward? Our results suggest that ants do not adjust their direction of travel based on the perceived scene while going backward...
February 6, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092165/recommendations-for-best-disinfectant-practices-to-reduce-the-spread-of-infection-via-wrestling-mats
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Linda Mull Young, Vicki Abram Motz, Emily R Markey, Suzanne C Young, Ronald E Beaschler
CONTEXT:  At the request of the National Wrestling Coaches Association and the head wrestling coach at our university, we conducted a study of infection transmission in collegiate wrestlers. OBJECTIVE:  To examine disinfectant effectiveness and develop best-practice guidelines for minimizing the spread of skin infections via wrestling mats. DESIGN:  Controlled laboratory study and crossover study. SETTING:  Laboratory and two 15-college wrestling invitational meets...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049108/spatial-and-temporal-gait-characteristics-of-elderly-individuals-during-backward-and-forward-walking-with-shoes-and-barefoot
#8
Michal Elboim-Gabyzon, Shira Rotchild
Backward walking (BW) is an inherent component of mobility and function in daily activities, particularly indoors, when it is more likely that a person is barefoot. No studies to date have compared the spatio-temporal characteristics of BW with and without shoes in elderly individuals. This study compared spatio-temporal measures of BW and forward walking (FW) among elderly individuals while barefoot or wearing shoes. Forty-seven elderly individuals (13 men and 34 women, 76.7±7.7years of age) were evaluated...
December 6, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035865/effect-of-contact-and-no-contact-small-sided-games-on-elite-handball-players
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Antonio Dello Iacono, Domenico Martone, Alessandro Moura Zagatto, Yoav Meckel, Mahmood Sindiani, Mirjana Milic, Johnny Padulo
This study aimed to investigate the effect of contact (C-SSG) and no-contact (NC-SSG) handball small-sided games (SSGs) on motion patterns and physiological responses of elite handball players. Twelve male handball players performed 10 C-SSG and 10 NC-SSG while being monitored through the heart rate (HR) and rate of perceived exertion (RPE) as physiological responses and time-motion activities profile using video-match analysis. Both game conditions resulted in similar HR responses (P > 0.05), but the NC-SSG led to a higher RPE scores...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028979/a-controlled-trial-of-the-efficacy-of-a-training-walking-program-in-patients-recovering-from-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-surgery
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Bartosz R Wnuk, Jacek Durmała, Krzysztof Ziaja, Przemysław Kotyla, Marek Woźniewski, Edward Błaszczak
BACKGROUND: Major surgical procedures as well as general anesthesia contribute to muscle weakness and posture instability and may result in increased postoperative complications and functional disorders resulting from an elective operation. OBJECTIVES: We aim to state the significance of backward walking as a form of interval march training with patients after abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Sixty-five patients were randomly divided into three subgroups and three various models of physiotherapy were applied...
November 2016: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977567/near-falls-in-elderly-community-dwelling-blacks-from-two-out-patient-clinics-in-harlem
#11
Geraldine V Basler, Kathleen A O'Connell, Kristen Bundy
BACKGROUND: Near-falls are a frequent, but not commonly studied, occurrence in the elderly Black population and may be related to prospective falls. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship of near-falls to demographic characteristics, use of assistive devices, gait, and physical activity levels in elderly Blacks. METHODS: Community-dwelling, elderly Black patients aging 65 and older and attending two clinics of the Mount Sinai Hospital in Harlem in New York City were recruited...
January 2017: Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965058/apathy-and-higher-level-of-gait-control-in-normal-pressure-hydrocephalus
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Gilles Allali, Magali Laidet, Stéphane Armand, Arnaud Saj, Paul Krack, Frédéric Assal
Apathy represents the most common behavioral disturbance in patients with suspicion of idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH) and has a major impact on quality of life. However, its impact on gait -the hallmark motor disturbance of iNPH - has never been studied yet. This study aims to evaluate the impact of apathy on higher level of gait control in patients with suspicion of iNPH. Stride time variability (STV), a marker of higher level of gait control, was quantified during usual walking (single task) and during walking while performing simultaneously cognitive tasks (dual task) of counting and verbal fluency...
December 11, 2016: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939172/stable-bipedal-walking-with-a-swing-leg-protraction-strategy
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Pranav A Bhounsule, Ali Zamani
In bipedal locomotion, swing-leg protraction and retraction refer to the forward and backward motion, respectively, of the swing-leg before touchdown. Past studies have shown that swing-leg retraction strategy can lead to stable walking. We show that swing-leg protraction can also lead to stable walking. We use a simple 2D model of passive dynamic walking but with the addition of an actuator between the legs. We use the actuator to do full correction of the disturbance in a single step (a one-step dead-beat control)...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912155/home-based-interventions-improve-trained-but-not-novel-dual-task-balance-performance-in-older-adults-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Suleeporn Wongcharoen, Somporn Sungkarat, Peeraya Munkhetvit, Vipul Lugade, Patima Silsupadol
The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy of four different home-based interventions on dual-task balance performance and to determine the generalizability of the four trainings to untrained tasks. Sixty older adults, aged 65 and older, were randomly assigned to one of four home-based interventions: single-task motor training, single-task cognitive training, dual-task motor-cognitive training, and dual-task cognitive-cognitive training. Participants received 60-min individualized training sessions, 3 times a week for 4 weeks...
November 22, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873020/beneficial-and-limiting-factors-for-return-to-work-following-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Judith A M Groot, Freerk J Jonkers, Arthur J Kievit, P Paul F M Kuijer, Marco J M Hoozemans
PURPOSE: Evidence-based advice for return to work (RTW) after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is not available. Therefore, the objectives of this study were to determine when patients achieve full RTW, and to explore the beneficial and limiting factors for fully RTW after ACL reconstruction. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed after ACL reconstruction among 185 patients in one hospital. Data from patient files and a questionnaire were used to explore whether patient-, injury-, surgery-, sports-, work- and rehabilitation-related factors are beneficial or limiting for fully RTW after ACL reconstruction, using a backward stepwise logistic regression analysis...
February 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855415/instrumented-trail-making-task-to-differentiate-persons-with-no-cognitive-impairment-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-disease-a-proof-of-concept-study
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He Zhou, Marwan Sabbagh, Rachel Wyman, Carolyn Liebsack, Mark E Kunik, Bijan Najafi
BACKGROUND: Objective and time-effective tools are needed to identify motor-cognitive impairment and facilitate early intervention. OBJECTIVE: We examined the feasibility, accuracy, and reliability of an instrumented trail-making task (iTMT) using a wearable sensor to identify motor-cognitive impairment among older adults. METHODS: Thirty subjects (age = 82.2 + 6.1 years, body mass index = 25.7 + 4.8, female = 43.3%) in 3 age-matched groups, 11 healthy, 10 with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), and 9 with Alzheimer disease (AD), were recruited...
2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802231/subjective-memory-impairment-and%C3%A2-gait%C3%A2-variability-in-cognitively-healthy-individuals-results-from-a-cross-sectional-pilot-study
#17
Olivier Beauchet, Cyrille P Launay, Julia Chabot, Elise J Levinoff, Gilles Allali
BACKGROUND: Increased stride time variability has been associated with memory impairment in mild cognitive impairment. Subjective memory impairment (SMI) is considered the earliest clinical stage of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The association between increased stride time variability and SMI has not been reported. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to examine the association of stride time variability while performing single and dual tasking with SMI in cognitively healthy individuals (CHI)...
2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801744/long-term-effects-of-habitual-barefoot-running-and-walking-a-systematic-review
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Karsten Hollander, Christoph Heidt, Babette van der Zwaard, Klaus-Michael Braumann, Astrid Zech
INTRODUCTION: Barefoot locomotion is widely believed to be beneficial for motor development and biomechanics but are implied to be responsible for foot pathologies and running-related injuries. While most of available studies focused on acute effects of barefoot running and walking little is known regarding the effects of long-term barefoot vs. shod locomotion. The purpose of this study was to systematically review the literature to evaluate current evidence of habitual barefoot (HB) vs...
October 31, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27728877/residual-standard-deviation-validation-of-a-new-measure-of-dual-task-cost-in-below-knee-prosthesis-users
#19
Charla L Howard, Chris Wallace, James Abbas, Dobrivoje S Stokic
We developed and evaluated properties of a new measure of variability in stride length and cadence, termed residual standard deviation (RSD). To calculate RSD, stride length and cadence are regressed against velocity to derive the best fit line from which the variability (SD) of the distance between the actual and predicted data points is calculated. We examined construct, concurrent, and discriminative validity of RSD using dual-task paradigm in 14 below-knee prosthesis users and 13 age- and education-matched controls...
January 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27694060/dynamic-gait-stability-of-treadmill-versus-overground-walking-in-young-adults
#20
Feng Yang, George A King
Treadmill has been broadly used in laboratory and rehabilitation settings for the purpose of facilitating human locomotion analysis and gait training. The objective of this study was to determine whether dynamic gait stability differs or resembles between the two walking conditions (overground vs. treadmill) among young adults. Fifty-four healthy young adults (age: 23.9±4.7years) participated in this study. Each participant completed five trials of overground walking followed by five trials of treadmill walking at a self-selected speed while their full body kinematics were gathered by a motion capture system...
December 2016: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
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