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Alter-G Treadmill

Christopher T Brennan, David G Jenkins, Mark A Osborne, Michael Oyewale, Vincent G Kelly
This study examined the changes in running performance, maximal blood lactate concentrations and running kinematics between 85%BM anti-gravity (AG) running and normal over-ground (OG) running over an 8-week training period. Fifteen elite male developmental cricketers were assigned to either the AG or over-ground (CON) running group. The AG group (n = 7) ran twice a week on an AG treadmill and once per week over-ground. The CON group (n = 8) completed all sessions OG on grass. Both AG and OG training resulted in similar improvements in time trial and shuttle run performance...
March 11, 2018: Journal of Sports Sciences
Scott W Ducharme, Joshua J Liddy, Jeffrey M Haddad, Michael A Busa, Laura J Claxton, Richard E A van Emmerik
Human locomotion is an inherently complex activity that requires the coordination and control of neurophysiological and biomechanical degrees of freedom across various spatiotemporal scales. Locomotor patterns must constantly be altered in the face of changing environmental or task demands, such as heterogeneous terrains or obstacles. Variability in stride times occurring at short time scales (e.g., 5-10 strides) is statistically correlated to larger fluctuations occurring over longer time scales (e.g., 50-100 strides)...
March 2, 2018: Human Movement Science
Ted G Graber, Brandy L Rawls, Bing Tian, William J Durham, Camille R Brightwell, Allan R Brasier, Blake B Rasmussen, Christopher S Fry
Due to immunosenescence, older adults are particularly susceptible to lung-based viral infections, with increased severity of symptoms in those with underlying chronic lung disease. Repeated respiratory viral infections produce lung maladaptations, accelerating pulmonary dysfunction. Toll like 3 receptor (TLR3) is a membrane protein that senses exogenous double-stranded RNA to activate the innate immune response to a viral infection. Polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid [poly(I:C)] mimics double stranded RNA and has been shown to activate TLR3...
February 13, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
Christopher C F Howe, Ahmed Alshehri, David Muggeridge, Alexander B Mullen, Marie Boyd, Owen Spendiff, Hannah J Moir, David G Watson
Metabolomic profiling of nine trained ultramarathon runners completing an 80.5 km self-paced treadmill-based time trial was carried out. Plasma samples were obtained from venous whole blood, collected at rest and on completion of the distance (post-80.5 km). The samples were analyzed by using high-resolution mass spectrometry in combination with both hydrophilic interaction (HILIC) and reversed phase (RP) chromatography. The extracted putatively identified features were modeled using Simca P 14.1 software (Umetrics, Umea, Sweden)...
February 13, 2018: Metabolites
John Ashley, Youngdeok Kim, Joaquin U Gonzales
Supplementation with L-citrulline (Cit) has been shown to improve muscle oxygenation and oxygen uptake (VO2) kinetics during moderate-to-high intensity cycling in young men. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis whether Cit would improve VO2 kinetics during walking in older and young adults. In a randomized, double-blind study, 26 (15 women, 11 men) adults between the ages of 20-35y (n = 15) and 64-86y (n = 11) completed 7 day periods of taking placebo and L-citrulline (6 g/day) in a crossover manner...
February 2, 2018: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
Elizabeth C Wonsetler, Ellie L Miller, Katherine L Huey, Sarah E Frye, Mark G Bowden
Kinematic and kinetic outcome measures are tightly linked in walking. Although altering motor output is a major goal of gait rehabilitation, little is understood regarding the relationship between altering a single kinematic variable and kinetic outcome changes. We designed a strategy to isolate hip extension alterations during walking on a treadmill to assess the change in kinetic outcomes. Ten healthy individuals walked on an instrumented split-belt treadmill with motion capture to calculate hip extension and kinetic outcomes at the following five different randomized cadences: self-selected cadence, self-selected ± 10%, and self-selected ± 20%...
February 2018: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
L P Ribeiro, L C Freitas-Lima, G B Naumann, S S Meyrelles, W Lunz, S F Pires, H M Andrade, J B T Carnielli, S G Figueiredo
In the present study, we successfully demonstrated for the first time the existence of cardiac proteomic differences between non-selectively bred rats with distinct intrinsic exercise capacities. A proteomic approach based on two-dimensional gel electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry was used to study the left ventricle (LV) tissue proteome of rats with distinct intrinsic exercise capacity. Low running performance (LRP) and high running performance (HRP) rats were categorized by a treadmill exercise test, according to distance run to exhaustion...
January 11, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
Roberta Francesca Capogrosso, Paola Mantuano, Kitipong Uaesoontrachoon, Anna Cozzoli, Arcangela Giustino, Todd Dow, Sadish Srinivassane, Marina Filipovic, Christina Bell, Jack Vandermeulen, Ada Maria Massari, Michela De Bellis, Elena Conte, Sabata Pierno, Giulia Maria Camerino, Antonella Liantonio, Kanneboyina Nagaraju, Annamaria De Luca
Muscle fibers lacking dystrophin undergo a long-term alteration of Ca2+ homeostasis, partially caused by a leaky Ca2+ release ryanodine (RyR) channel. S48168/ARM210, an RyR calcium release channel stabilizer (a Rycal compound), is expected to enhance the rebinding of calstabin to the RyR channel complex and possibly alleviate the pathologic Ca2+ leakage in dystrophin-deficient skeletal and cardiac muscle. This study systematically investigated the effect of S48168/ARM210 on the phenotype of mdx mice by means of a first proof-of-concept, short (4 wk), phase 1 treatment, followed by a 12-wk treatment (phase 2) performed in parallel by 2 independent laboratories...
February 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Yutaka Matsunaga, Yuki Tamura, Yasuyuki Sakata, Yudai Nonaka, Noriko Saito, Hirohiko Nakamura, Takashi Shimizu, Yasuhiro Takeda, Shin Terada, Hideo Hatta
We hypothesized that along with exercise, casein peptide supplementation would have a higher impact on improving glucose tolerance than intact casein. Male six-week-old ICR mice were provided a high-fat diet to induce obesity and glucose intolerance. The mice were randomly divided into four treatment groups: control (Con), endurance training (Tr), endurance training with intact casein supplementation (Cas+Tr), and endurance training with casein peptide supplementation (CP+Tr). The mice in each group were orally administrated water, intact casein, or casein peptide (1...
November 1, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
Darin J Falk, Tori Galatas, Adrian G Todd, Elliott P Soto, Andrew B Harris, Lucia Notterpek
INTRODUCTION: Patients with hereditary peripheral neuropathies exhibit characteristic deformities of the hands and feet and have difficulty ambulating. To examine to what extent neuropathic animals recapitulate these deficits, we studied Trembler J mice, which model early-onset demyelinating neuropathy. METHODS: A cohort of 4-month old female wild type and neuropathic mice were evaluated for locomotor measurements, neuromuscular function and skeletal muscle proteolysis and morphometry...
October 12, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
Wesley B Baker, Zhe Li, Steven S Schenkel, Malavika Chandra, David R Busch, Erin Kristine Englund, Kathryn H Schmitz, Arjun G Yodh, Thomas F Floyd, Emile R Mohler
We employed near-infrared optical techniques, diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) and frequency-domain near-infrared spectroscopy (FD-NIRS), to test the hypothesis that supervised exercise training increases skeletal muscle microvascular blood flow and oxygen extraction in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) who experience claudication. PAD patients (n=64) were randomly assigned to exercise and control groups. Patients in the exercise group received three months of supervised exercise training...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
Treya M Long, Shoshana R Rath, Tessa D Maroni, Karen E Wallman, Helen C Atkinson, Nicholas G Gottardo, Catherine H Cole, Catherine S Choong, Louise H Naylor
Background Survivors of paediatric brain cancer and/or cranial radiotherapy (CRT) are at an increased risk of developing serious comorbidities. Established risk factors for chronic disease include central obesity, endothelial abnormalities and diminished fitness. Objectives Here we characterised anthropometry, body composition, bone mineral density (BMD), heart rate (HR), blood pressure (BP), endothelial function, muscular strength and endurance and aerobic fitness in adolescent and young adult (AYA) survivors...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Ravi Shah, Ashish Yeri, Avash Das, Amanda Courtright-Lim, Olivia Ziegler, Ernest Gervino, Jeffrey Ocel, Pablo Quintero-Pinzon, Luke Wooster, Cole Shields Bailey, Kahraman Tanriverdi, Lea M Beaulieu, Jane E Freedman, Ionita Ghiran, Gregory D Lewis, Kendall Van Keuren-Jensen, Saumya Das
Exercise improves cardiometabolic and vascular function, although the mechanisms remain unclear. Our objective was to demonstrate the diversity of circulating extracellular RNA (ex-RNA) release during acute exercise in humans and its relevance to exercise-mediated benefits on vascular inflammation. We performed plasma small RNA sequencing in 26 individuals undergoing symptom-limited maximal treadmill exercise, with replication of our top candidate miRNA in a separate cohort of 59 individuals undergoing bicycle ergometry...
December 1, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Alexander T Peebles, Adam P Bruetsch, Sharon G Lynch, Jessie M Huisinga
Around 60% of persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience falls, however the dynamic balance differences between those who fall and those who don't are not well understood. The purpose of this study is to identify distinct biomechanical features of dynamic balance during gait that are different between fallers with MS, non-fallers with MS, and healthy controls. 27 recurrent fallers with MS, 28 persons with MS with no falls history, and 27 healthy controls walked on a treadmill at their preferred speed for 3min...
October 3, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
Toshihiro Kawae, Yukio Mikami, Kouki Fukuhara, Hiroaki Kimura, Nobuo Adachi
[Purpose] The anti-gravity treadmill (Alter-G(®)) allows the load on the lower limbs to be adjusted, which is considered useful for patients with lower limb osteoarthritis. The aim of the present study was to examine the effects of aerobic exercise using an anti-gravity treadmill in patients with lower limb osteoarthritis by using a cardiopulmonary exercise load monitoring system. [Subjects and Methods] The subjects were 20 patients with lower limb osteoarthritis. These subjects walked naturally for 8 minutes and then walked on the Alter-G for 8 minutes at their fastest speed at a load where lower limb pain was alleviated...
August 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
P S Daltro, B C Barreto, P G Silva, P Chenaud Neto, P H F Sousa Filho, D Santana Neta, G B Carvalho, D N Silva, B D Paredes, A C de Alcantara, L A R Freitas, R D Couto, R R Santos, B S F Souza, M B P Soares, S G Macambira
BACKGROUND: Obesity is associated with numerous cardiac complications, including arrhythmias, cardiac fibrosis, remodeling and heart failure. Here we evaluated the therapeutic potential of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) and their conditioned medium (CM) to treat cardiac complications in a mouse model of high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity. METHODS: After obesity induction and HFD withdrawal, obese mice were treated with MSCs, CM or vehicle. Cardiac function was assessed using electrocardiography, echocardiography and treadmill test...
October 2017: Cytotherapy
Alyssa M Gantz, Timothy R Derrick
The purpose of this study was to investigate the kinematic and metabolic effects of running on an irregular surface. We also examined how altering the frontal plane foot angle (inversion/eversion) at contact using real-time visual feedback would affect these other variables. Sixteen participants completed three running bouts lasting 5-7 minutes each on an irregular surface (IS) treadmill, a traditional smooth surface (SS) treadmill, and on SS while receiving visual feedback of the frontal plane foot angle at contact (SSF) with a goal of matching IS foot angle on SS...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
Kanglun Yu, David P Sellman, Anoosh Bahraini, Mackenzie L Hagan, Ahmed Elsherbini, Kayce T Vanpelt, Peyton L Marshall, Mark W Hamrick, Anna McNeil, Paul L McNeil, Meghan E McGee-Lawrence
Osteocytes sense loading in bone, but their mechanosensation mechanisms remain poorly understood. Plasma membrane disruptions (PMD) develop with loading under physiological conditions in many cell types (e.g., myocytes, endothelial cells). These PMD foster molecular flux across cell membranes that promotes tissue adaptation, but this mechanosensation mechanism had not been explored in osteocytes. Our goal was to investigate whether PMD occur and initiate consequent mechanotransduction in osteocytes during physiological loading...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Ángel G Lucas-Cuevas, Jose I Priego Quesada, Josh Gooding, Martin G C Lewis, Alberto Encarnación-Martínez, Pedro Perez-Soriano
The characteristics of a treadmill and the environment where it is based could influence the user's gaze and have an effect on their running kinematics and lower limb impacts. The aim of this study was to identify the effect of visual focus on spatio-temporal parameters and lower limb kinematics during treadmill running. Twenty six experienced runners ran at 3.33ms(-1) on a treadmill under two visual conditions, either looking ahead at a wall or looking down at the treadmill visual display. Spatio-temporal parameters, impact accelerations of the head and tibia, and knee and ankle kinematics were measured for the final 15s of a 90s bout of running under each condition...
July 15, 2017: Gait & Posture
Gerald C Claghorn, Zoe Thompson, Jarren C Kay, Genesis Ordonez, Thomas G Hampton, Theodore Garland
Postural and kinematic aspects of running may have evolved to support high runner (HR) mice to run approximately threefold farther than control mice. Mice from four replicate HR lines selectively bred for high levels of voluntary wheel running show many differences in locomotor behavior and morphology as compared with four nonselected control (C) lines. We hypothesized that HR mice would show stride alterations that have coadapted with locomotor behavior, morphology, and physiology. More specifically, we predicted that HR mice would have stride characteristics that differed from those of C mice in ways that parallel some of the adaptations seen in highly cursorial animals...
September 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
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