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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898852/horse-species-symposium-biomechanics-of-the-exercising-horse
#1
Hilary M Clayton
In spite of having large height and body mass, horses are cursorial animals with an extensive gait repertoire and considerable athletic abilities. The limbs have evolved so that the heavy musculature is confined to the proximal limbs while the distal limbs are light in weight with a single functional digit and long, lightweight tendons to move and support the distal joints. These adaptations reduce the moment of inertia and decrease the energy expended to protract and retract the limbs during locomotion. There is a division of labor between the forelimbs, which have a pillar-like construction specialized for weight bearing, and the hind limbs, in which the more angulated joints provide leverage for the generation of propulsion...
October 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858517/slip-initiation-in-alternative-and-slip-resistant-footwear
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Harish Chander, Chip Wade, John C Garner, Adam C Knight
Slips occur as a result of failure of normal locomotion. The purpose of this study is to analyze the impact of alternative footwear [Crocs™ (CC), flip-flops (FF)] and an industry standard low top slip resistant shoe (SRS)] under multiple gait trials [normal dry (NG); unexpected slip (US), alert slip (AS) and expected slip (ES)] on lower extremity joint kinematics, kinetics and muscle activity. Eighteen healthy male participants [age: 22.28 ± 2.2 years; height: 177.66 ± 6.9 cm; mass: 79.27 ± 7.6 kg] completed the study...
November 18, 2016: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics: JOSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856717/confidence-in-the-curve-establishing-instantaneous-cost-mapping-techniques-using-bilateral-ankle-exoskeletons
#3
Jeffrey Russell Koller, Deanna H Gates, Daniel Perry Ferris, Christian David Remy
Lower extremity robotic prostheses and exoskeletons can require tuning a large number of control parameters on a subject-specific basis to reduce users' metabolic power during locomotion. We refer to the functional relationship between control parameter configurations and users' metabolic power as the metabolic cost landscape. Standard practice for estimating a metabolic cost landscape, and thus identifying optimal parameter configurations, is to vary control parameters while measuring steady state metabolic power during walking...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852765/light-level-impacts-locomotor-biomechanics-in-a-secondarily-diurnal-gecko-rhoptropus-afer
#4
Aleksandra V Birn-Jeffery, Timothy E Higham
Locomotion through complex habitats relies on the continuous feedback from a number of sensory systems, including vision. Animals face a visual trade-off between acuity and light sensitivity that depends on light levels, which will dramatically impact the ability to process information and move quickly through a habitat, making ambient illumination an incredibly important ecological factor. Despite this, there is a paucity of data examining ambient light in the context of locomotor dynamics. There have been several independent transitions from the nocturnal ancestor to a diurnal activity pattern among geckos...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802151/the-private-life-of-echidnas-using-accelerometry-and-gps-to-examine-field-biomechanics-and-assess-the-ecological-impact-of-a-widespread-semi-fossorial-monotreme
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Christofer J Clemente, Christine E Cooper, Philip C Withers, Craig Freakley, Surya Singh, Philip Terrill
The short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) is a monotreme and therefore provides a unique combination of phylogenetic history, morphological differentiation and ecological specialisation for a mammal. The echidna has a unique appendicular skeleton, a highly specialised myrmecophagous lifestyle and a mode of locomotion that is neither typically mammalian nor reptilian, but has aspects of both lineages. We therefore were interested in the interactions of locomotor biomechanics, ecology and movements for wild, free-living short-beaked echidnas...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802142/a-different-angle-comparative-analyses-of-whole-animal-transport-costs-running-uphill
#6
Lewis G Halsey, Craig R White
Comparative work on animals' costs of terrestrial locomotion has focussed on the underpinning physiology and biomechanics. Often, much of an animal's energy budget is spent on moving around thus there is also value in interpreting such data from an ecological perspective. When animals move through their environment they encounter topographical variation, and this is a key factor that can dramatically affect their energy expenditure. We collated published data on the costs for birds and mammals to locomote terrestrially on inclines, and investigated the scaling relationships using a phylogenetically informed approach...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801744/long-term-effects-of-habitual-barefoot-running-and-walking-a-systematic-review
#7
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/27794536/adaptive-patterns-in-aquatic-amniote-bone-microanatomy-more-complex-than-previously-thought
#8
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Alexandra Houssaye, P Martin Sander, Nicole Klein
Numerous amniote groups adapted to an aquatic life. This change of habitat naturally led to numerous convergences. The various adaptive traits vary depending on the degree of adaptation to an aquatic life, notably between shallow water taxa still able to occasionally locomote on land and open-marine forms totally independent from the terrestrial environment, but also between surface swimmers and deep divers. As a consequence, despite convergences, there is a high diversity within aquatic amniotes in e.g., shape, size, physiology, swimming mode...
October 29, 2016: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777742/phylogenetic-comparisons-of-pedestrian-locomotion-costs-confirmations-and-new-insights
#9
Craig R White, Lesley A Alton, Taryn S Crispin, Lewis G Halsey
The energetic costs for animals to locomote on land influence many aspects of their ecology. Size accounts for much of the among-species variation in terrestrial transport costs, but species of similar body size can still exhibit severalfold differences in energy expenditure. We compiled measurements of the (mass-specific) minimum cost of pedestrian transport (COTmin, mL/kg/m) for 201 species - by far the largest sample to date - and used phylogenetically informed comparative analyses to investigate possible eco-evolutionary differences in COTmin between various groupings of those species...
September 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766187/summary-of-human-ankle-mechanical-impedance-during-walking
#10
Hyunglae Lee, Elliott J Rouse, Hermano Igo Krebs
The human ankle joint plays a critical role during walking and understanding the biomechanical factors that govern ankle behavior and provides fundamental insight into normal and pathologically altered gait. Previous researchers have comprehensively studied ankle joint kinetics and kinematics during many biomechanical tasks, including locomotion; however, only recently have researchers been able to quantify how the mechanical impedance of the ankle varies during walking. The mechanical impedance describes the dynamic relationship between the joint position and the joint torque during perturbation, and is often represented in terms of stiffness, damping, and inertia...
2016: IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27720027/lameness-in-dairy-heifers-impacts-of-hoof-lesions-present-around-first-calving-on-future-lameness-milk-yield-and-culling-risk
#11
L V Randall, M J Green, M G G Chagunda, C Mason, L E Green, J N Huxley
The importance of lameness in primiparous dairy heifers is increasingly recognised. Although it is accepted that clinical lameness in any lactation increases the risk of future lameness, the impact of foot lesions during the first lactation on long-term lameness risk is less clear. This retrospective cohort study aimed to investigate the impacts of foot lesions occurring around the time of first calving in heifers on future lameness risk, daily milk yield and survival within a dairy herd. Records were obtained for 158 heifers from one UK dairy herd...
October 1, 2016: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27697779/secondary-evolution-of-aquatic-propulsion-in-higher-vertebrates-validation-and-prospect
#12
Frank E Fish
Re-invasion of the aquatic environment by terrestrial vertebrates resulted in the evolution of species expressing a suite of adaptations for high-performance swimming. Examination of swimming by secondarily aquatic vertebrates provides opportunities to understand potential selection pressures and mechanical constraints, which may have directed the evolution of these aquatic species. Mammals and birds realigned the body and limbs for cursorial movements and flight, respectively, from the primitive tetrapod configuration...
October 3, 2016: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27695397/a-personalized-multi-channel-fes-controller-based-on-muscle-synergies-to-support-gait-rehabilitation-after-stroke
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Simona Ferrante, Noelia Chia Bejarano, Emilia Ambrosini, Antonio Nardone, Anna M Turcato, Marco Monticone, Giancarlo Ferrigno, Alessandra Pedrocchi
It has been largely suggested in neuroscience literature that to generate a vast variety of movements, the Central Nervous System (CNS) recruits a reduced set of coordinated patterns of muscle activities, defined as muscle synergies. Recent neurophysiological studies have recommended the analysis of muscle synergies to finely assess the patient's impairment, to design personalized interventions based on the specific nature of the impairment, and to evaluate the treatment outcomes. In this scope, the aim of this study was to design a personalized multi-channel functional electrical stimulation (FES) controller for gait training, integrating three novel aspects: (1) the FES strategy was based on healthy muscle synergies in order to mimic the neural solutions adopted by the CNS to generate locomotion; (2) the FES strategy was personalized according to an initial locomotion assessment of the patient and was designed to specifically activate the impaired biomechanical functions; (3) the FES strategy was mapped accurately on the altered gait kinematics providing a maximal synchronization between patient's volitional gait and stimulation patterns...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27649188/a-self-powered-insole-for-human-motion-recognition
#14
Yingzhou Han, Yalu Cao, Jingjing Zhao, Yajiang Yin, Liangchen Ye, Xiaofeng Wang, Zheng You
Biomechanical energy harvesting is a feasible solution for powering wearable sensors by directly driving electronics or acting as wearable self-powered sensors. A wearable insole that not only can harvest energy from foot pressure during walking but also can serve as a self-powered human motion recognition sensor is reported. The insole is designed as a sandwich structure consisting of two wavy silica gel film separated by a flexible piezoelectric foil stave, which has higher performance compared with conventional piezoelectric harvesters with cantilever structure...
2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27629033/speciation-through-the-lens-of-biomechanics-locomotion-prey-capture-and-reproductive-isolation
#15
REVIEW
Timothy E Higham, Sean M Rogers, R Brian Langerhans, Heather A Jamniczky, George V Lauder, William J Stewart, Christopher H Martin, David N Reznick
Speciation is a multifaceted process that involves numerous aspects of the biological sciences and occurs for multiple reasons. Ecology plays a major role, including both abiotic and biotic factors. Whether populations experience similar or divergent ecological environments, they often adapt to local conditions through divergence in biomechanical traits. We investigate the role of biomechanics in speciation using fish predator-prey interactions, a primary driver of fitness for both predators and prey. We highlight specific groups of fishes, or specific species, that have been particularly valuable for understanding these dynamic interactions and offer the best opportunities for future studies that link genetic architecture to biomechanics and reproductive isolation (RI)...
September 14, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27605701/contact-inhibition-of-locomotion-and-mechanical-cross-talk-between-cell-cell-and-cell-substrate-adhesion-determines-the-pattern-of-junctional-tension-in-epithelial-cell-aggregates
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Luke Coburn, Hender Lopez, Benjamin J Caldwell, Elliott Moussa, Chloe Yap, Rashmi Priya, Adrian Noppe, Anthony P Roberts, Vladimir Lobaskin, Alpha S Yap, Zoltan Neufeld, Guillermo A Gomez
We generated a computational approach to analyze the biomechanics of epithelial cell aggregates, either island or stripes or entire monolayers, that combines both vertex and contact-inhibition-of-locomotion models to include both cell-cell and cell-substrate adhesion. Examination of the distribution of cell protrusions (adhesion to the substrate) in the model predicted high order profiles of cell organization that agree with those previously seen experimentally. Cells acquired an asymmetric distribution of basal protrusions, traction forces and apical aspect ratios that decreased when moving from the edge to the island center...
September 7, 2016: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27591317/amphibious-fish-jump-better-on-land-after-acclimation-to-a-terrestrial-environment
#17
E Brunt, A J Turko, G R Scott, P A Wright
Air and water differ dramatically in density and viscosity, posing different biomechanical challenges for animal locomotion. We asked how terrestrial acclimation influences locomotion in amphibious fish, specifically testing the hypothesis that terrestrial tail flip performance is improved by plastic changes in the skeletal muscle. Mangrove rivulus Kryptolebias marmoratus, which remain largely inactive out of water, were exposed to water or air for 14 days and a subgroup of air-exposed fish was also recovered in water...
September 2, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27570719/a-perturbation-mechanism-for-investigations-of-phase-dependent-behavior-in-human-locomotion
#18
Dario J Villarreal, David Quintero, Robert D Gregg
Bipedal locomotion is a popular area of study across multiple fields (e.g., biomechanics, neuroscience and robotics). Different hypotheses and models have tried explaining how humans achieve stable locomotion. Perturbations that produce shifts in the nominal periodic orbit of the joint kinematics during locomotion could inform about the manner in which the human neuromechanics represent the phase of gait. Ideally, this type of perturbation would modify the progression of the human subject through the gait cycle without deviating from the nominal kinematic orbits of the leg joints...
2016: IEEE Access: Practical Innovations, Open Solutions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27545108/human-like-compliant-locomotion-state-of-the-art-of-robotic-implementations
#19
Diego Torricelli, Jose Gonzalez, Maarten Weckx, René Jiménez-Fabián, Bram Vanderborght, Massimo Sartori, Strahinja Dosen, Dario Farina, Dirk Lefeber, Jose L Pons
This review paper provides a synthetic yet critical overview of the key biomechanical principles of human bipedal walking and their current implementation in robotic platforms. We describe the functional role of human joints, addressing in particular the relevance of the compliant properties of the different degrees of freedom throughout the gait cycle. We focused on three basic functional units involved in locomotion, i.e. the ankle-foot complex, the knee, and the hip-pelvis complex, and their relevance to whole-body performance...
2016: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27535984/consequences-of-lost-endings-caudal-autotomy-as-a-lens-for-focusing-attention-on-tail-function-during-locomotion
#20
REVIEW
Gary Gillis, Timothy E Higham
Autotomy has evolved in many animal lineages as a means of predator escape, and involves the voluntary shedding of body parts. In vertebrates, caudal autotomy (or tail shedding) is the most common form, and it is particularly widespread in lizards. Here, we develop a framework for thinking about how tail loss can have fitness consequences, particularly through its impacts on locomotion. Caudal autotomy is fundamentally an alteration of morphology that affects an animal's mass and mass distribution. These morphological changes affect balance and stability, along with the performance of a range of locomotor activities, from running and climbing to jumping and swimming...
August 15, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
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