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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352279/girls-in-the-boat-sex-differences-in-rowing-performance-and-participation
#1
Kevin G Keenan, Jonathon W Senefeld, Sandra K Hunter
Men outperform women in many athletic endeavors due to physiological and anatomical differences (e.g. larger and faster muscle); however, the observed sex differences in elite athletic performance are typically larger than expected, and may reflect sex-related differences in opportunity or incentives. As collegiate rowing in the United States has been largely incentivized for women over the last 20 years, but not men, the purpose of this study was to examine sex differences in elite rowing performance over that timeframe...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349651/epidemiology-of-head-injuries-focusing-on-concussions-in-team-contact-sports-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Annika Prien, Alexander Grafe, Roland Rössler, Astrid Junge, Evert Verhagen
BACKGROUND: Although injuries to the head represent a small proportion of all sport injuries, they are of great concern due to their potential long-term consequences, which are even suspected in mild traumatic brain injuries. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review was to compare the incidence of concussions and other head injuries in elite level football, rugby, ice hockey and American Football. METHODS: Four electronic databases (CINAHL, PsycINFO, Web of Science, PubMed) were searched...
January 18, 2018: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345552/preceding-race-efforts-affect-pacing-and-short-track-speed-skating-performance
#3
Marco J Konings, Florentina J Hettinga
PURPOSE: In real-life competitive situations, athletes are required to continuously make decisions about how and when to invest their available energy resources. This study attempted to identify how different competitive environments invite elite short-track speed skaters to modify their pacing behaviour during head-to-head competition. METHODS: Lap times of elite 500, 1000 and 1500 m short-track speed skating competitions between 2011-2016 (n=34095 races) were collected...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343306/nasal-changes-associated-with-exercise-in-athletes-systematic-review
#4
P Surda, A Walker, J Limpens, W Fokkens, M Putala
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of rhinitis in athletes has frequently been studied in combination with asthma, but the impact of exercise on the paracrine and secretory functions of nasal mucosa is less well established. This systematic review aimed to examine the effect of exercise on nasal mucosa in elite athletes. METHOD: A systematic search of Medline, Embase and the non-Medline subset of PubMed, from inception to 8th March 2016, was performed to identify studies on rhinitis in athletes...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340005/comparison-of-aerobic-performance-testing-protocols-in-elite-male-wheelchair-basketball-players
#5
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
#6
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/29340002/performance-changes-of-elite-paralympic-judo-athletes-during-a-paralympic-games-cycle-a-case-study-with-the-brazilian-national-team
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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
#8
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/29339994/the-second-to-fourth-digit-ratio-in-elite-and-non-elite-greco-roman-wrestlers
#9
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/29336211/the-effect-of-altering-loading-distance-on-skeleton-start-performance-is-higher-pre-load-velocity-always-beneficial
#10
Steffi L Colyer, Keith A Stokes, James L J Bilzon, Danny Holdcroft, Aki I T Salo
Athletes initiating skeleton runs differ in the number of steps taken before loading the sled. We aimed to understand how experimentally modifying loading distance influenced sled velocity and overall start performance. Ten athletes (five elite, five talent; 67% of all national athletes) underwent two to four sessions, consisting of two dry-land push-starts in each of three conditions (preferred, long and short loading distances). A magnet encoder on the sled wheel provided velocity profiles and the overall performance measure (sled acceleration index)...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334309/effects-of-resisted-sprint-training-on-sprinting-ability-and-change-of-direction-speed-in-professional-soccer-players
#11
Saulo Gil, Renato Barroso, Everton Crivoi do Carmo, Irineu Loturco, Ronaldo Kobal, Valmor Tricoli, Carlos Ugrinowitsch, Hamilton Roschel
Resisted sprint training consists of performing overloaded sprints, which may produce greater effects than traditional sprint training. We compared a resisted sprint training with overload control versus an unresisted sprint training program on performance in soccer players. Eighteen elite athletes were randomly assigned to resisted (RST) or unresisted sprint training protocol (UR). Before and after a 6-week training period, sprinting ability, change of direction speed (COD), vertical jumps (SJ and CMJ), mean power (MP) and mean propulsive power (MPP) at distinct loads were assessed...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332181/management-of-rotator-cuff-injuries-in-the-elite-athlete
#12
REVIEW
Leigh J Weiss, Dean Wang, Michael Hendel, Philip Buzzerio, Scott A Rodeo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Rotator cuff injuries are a common cause of pain and dysfunction for the elite athlete and can result in time loss from participation. This review highlights the current management of these injuries. RECENT FINDINGS: Conservative management of rotator cuff injuries continues to be the "gold standard" in the elite athlete. This includes a comprehensive rehabilitation program, anti-inflammatories, and corticosteroid injections. Newer treatment techniques such as intramuscular dry needling and the use of biologics such as platelet-rich plasma and stem cells demonstrate early promising results; however, these modalities require further investigation to determine their effectiveness...
January 13, 2018: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330670/treatment-of-partial-thickness-rotator-cuff-tears-in-overhead-athletes
#13
REVIEW
Joseph N Liu, Grant H Garcia, Anirudh K Gowd, Brandon C Cabarcas, Michael D Charles, Anthony A Romeo, Nikhil N Verma
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the etiology, classification, presentation, evaluation, treatment strategy, and outcomes in overhead athletes with partial thickness rotator cuff tears. RECENT FINDINGS: Despite advances in surgical repair techniques, return to play following surgical repair of partial rotator cuff tears remains modest at best. Overhead athletes may be particularly prone to rotator cuff pathology due to the supraphysiological strains within the tendon during the throwing motion, as well as mechanical stress with contact between the undersurface of the rotator cuff and the glenoid...
January 13, 2018: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327827/differences-in-100-m-sprint-performance-and-skeletal-muscle-mass-between-elite-male-and-female-sprinters
#14
Takashi Abe, Scott J Dankel, Samuel L Buckner, Matthew B Jessee, Kevin T Mattocks, J Grant Mouser, Zachary W Bell, Jeremy P Loenneke
BACKGROUND: The sex difference in 100-m sprint performance between the world's best athletes is approximately 10%. We hypothesized that skeletal muscle mass (SM) relative to body mass may be a major factor contributing to this difference. The aim of this study was to examine the sex difference in absolute and relative SM and sprint performance in male and female sprinters. METHODS: We analyzed the SM of male (n=37) and female (n=26) 100-m sprinters; the sample was divided into two subgroups within each sex according to personal best 100-m time: 10...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327170/the-effects-of-a-single-session-of-spinal-manipulation-on-strength-and-cortical-drive-in-athletes
#15
Thomas Lykke Christiansen, Imran Khan Niazi, Kelly Holt, Rasmus Wiberg Nedergaard, Jens Duehr, Kathryn Allen, Paul Marshall, Kemal S Türker, Jan Hartvigsen, Heidi Haavik
PURPOSE: The primary purpose of this study was to investigate whether a single session of spinal manipulation (SM) increases strength and cortical drive in the lower limb (soleus muscle) of elite Taekwondo athletes. METHODS: Soleus-evoked V-waves, H-reflex and maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) of the plantar flexors were recorded from 11 elite Taekwondo athletes using a randomized controlled crossover design. Interventions were either SM or passive movement control...
January 11, 2018: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326958/performance-and-return-to-sport-after-thumb-ulnar-collateral-ligament-repair-in-major-league-baseball-players
#16
Robert A Jack, Kyle R Sochacki, Bryce Gagliano, David M Lintner, Joshua D Harris, Patrick C McCulloch
Background: Acute ruptures of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of the thumb are common injuries in sports. Surgical repair has yielded excellent results and high return-to-sport (RTS) rates in elite athletes. Purpose: To determine (1) the RTS rate in Major League Baseball (MLB) players following thumb UCL repair, (2) postoperative career length and games played per season, (3) pre- and postoperative performance, (4) postoperative performance compared with matched control players, and (5) whether dominant and nondominant hand injuries respond differently...
January 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324575/the-relationship-between-tennis-serve-velocity-and-select-performance-measures
#17
Matthew J Hayes, Dirk R Spits, David G Watts, Vincent G Kelly
The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a relationship between tennis serve speed and isometric mid-thigh pull (IMTP) kinetic variables; countermovement jump height (CMJ Height), shoulder internal and external rotation strength and anthropometric measures in elite adolescent tennis players. Twenty-one elite junior tennis players from the Tennis Australia National Academy were recruited for this study (male, n = 12, female, n = 9). Correlations between the performance variables and peak tennis serve speed were calculated using a Pearson's product-moment correlation coefficient...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315832/a-valid-and-reliable-method-to-measure-jump-specific-training-and-competition-load-in-elite-volleyball-players
#18
Christopher Skazalski, Rod Whiteley, Clint Hansen, Roald Bahr
PURPOSE: Use of a commercially available wearable device to monitor jump load with elite volleyball players has become common practice. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the validity and reliability of this device, the Vert, to count jumps and measure jump height with professional volleyball players. METHODS: Jump count accuracy was determined by comparing jumps recorded by the device to jumps observed through systematic video analysis of three practice sessions and two league matches performed by a men's professional volleyball team...
January 6, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315568/cryotherapy-not-as-cool-as-it-seems
#19
Shamara Nadarajah, Ramya Ariyagunarajah, Eric D Jong
In elite sports, a significant concern for many athletes is the ability to completely recover from prolonged exhaustive exercise. Athletes make use of numerous techniques to accelerate the healing process, priming their body for future events. Among the most common is the notion of muscle cooling, widely known as cryotherapy. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
January 6, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315106/zurich-to-berlin-where-are-we-now-with-the-concussion-in-sport-group
#20
Margaret E Pusateri, Brandon J Hockenberry, Christopher A McGrew
The Concussion in Sport Group recently published its highly anticipated fifth consensus statement on sports-related concussion. The latest iteration features a new organizational format-the "11 Rs" and has input from a wider range of health care professionals, organizations, and experts in the field from both the sport concussion area and from related areas outside of sport. The stated objective of this current document is to "build on the principles outlined in previous statements and develop further conceptual understanding of sports-related concussion...
January 2018: Current Sports Medicine Reports
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