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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506149/a-short-and-distinct-time-window-for-recovery-of-arm-motor-control-early-after-stroke-revealed-with-a-global-measure-of-trajectory-kinematics
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Juan C Cortes, Jeff Goldsmith, Michelle D Harran, Jing Xu, Nathan Kim, Heidi M Schambra, Andreas R Luft, Pablo Celnik, John W Krakauer, Tomoko Kitago
BACKGROUND: Studies demonstrate that most arm motor recovery occurs within three months after stroke, when measured with standard clinical scales. Improvements on these measures, however, reflect a combination of recovery in motor control, increases in strength, and acquisition of compensatory strategies. OBJECTIVE: To isolate and characterize the time course of recovery of arm motor control over the first year poststroke. METHODS: Longitudinal study of 18 participants with acute ischemic stroke...
June 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497386/oral-contraceptive-pill-use-and-the-susceptibility-to-markers-of-exercise-induced-muscle-damage
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K M Hicks, G Onambélé-Pearson, K Winwood, C I Morse
PURPOSE: Firstly, to establish whether oral contraceptive pill (OCP) users are more susceptible to muscle damage compared to non-users, and secondly, to establish whether differences can be attributed to differences in patella tendon properties. METHODS: Nine female OCP users and 9 female non-users participated in the investigation. Combining dynamometry, electromyography and ultrasonography, patella tendon properties and vastus lateralis architectural properties were measured pre and during the first of 6 sets of 12 maximal voluntary eccentric knee extensions...
May 11, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489629/modulation-of-isometric-quadriceps-strength-in-soccer-players-with-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-a-crossover-study
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Valentine Z Vargas, Abrahão F Baptista, Guilherme O C Pereira, Alberto C Pochini, Benno Ejnisman, Marcelo B Santos, Silvia M A João, Fuad A Hazime
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on the maximum isometric muscle contraction (MVIC) of the knee extensors in soccer players at the pre-professional level. Twenty female soccer players aged 15 to 17 years (mean = 16.1; SD = 0.9) with 5.2 ± 2.6 years of training were randomly divided into two groups to receive either active or sham tDCS in a single session (2 mA; 0.057mA/cm). The MVIC of the knee extensors was evaluated in both lower limbs by manual dynamometry in five sets of contractions divided into four blocks: (0) pre-stimulation, (1) during tDCS, (2) 30 minutes post-tDCS, and (3) 60 minutes post-tDCS...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487184/symptom-assessment-in-non-vocal-or-cognitively-impaired-icu-patients-implications-for-practice-and-future-research
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JiYeon Choi, Margaret L Campbell, Céline Gélinas, Mary Beth Happ, Judith Tate, Linda Chlan
BACKGROUND: Symptom assessment in critically ill patients is challenging because many cannot provide a self-report. OBJECTIVES: To describe the state of the science on symptom communication and the assessment of selected physical symptoms in non-vocal ICU patients. METHODS: This paper summarizes a 2014 American Thoracic Society Annual International Conference symposium presenting current evidence on symptom communication, delirium, and the assessment of common physical symptoms (i...
May 6, 2017: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474170/muscle-function-in-osteogenesis-imperfecta-type-iv
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Louis-Nicolas Veilleux, Vasiliki B Darsaklis, Kathleen Montpetit, Francis H Glorieux, Frank Rauch
Results of previous studies suggest that children and adolescents with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) type IV have muscle force deficits. However, muscle function remains to be objectively quantified in this population. This study aimed to assess upper and lower extremity muscle function in patients with OI type IV. It was carried out in the outpatient department of a pediatric orthopedic hospital; 27 individuals with OI type IV (7-21 years; 13 males), 27 age- and sex-matched individuals with OI type I, and 27 age- and sex-matched controls...
May 4, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471486/quantification-of-pelvic-floor-muscle-strength-in-female-urinary-incontinence-a-systematic-review-and-comparison-of-contemporary-methodologies
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Emily G Deegan, Lynn Stothers, Alex Kavanagh, Andrew J Macnab
AIMS: There remains no gold standard for quantification of voluntary pelvic floor muscle (PFM) strength, despite international guidelines that recommend PFM assessment in females with urinary incontinence (UI). Methods currently reported for quantification of skeletal muscle strength across disciplines are systematically reviewed and their relevance for clinical and academic use related to the pelvic floor are described. METHODS: A systematic review via Medline, PubMed, CINHAL, and the Cochrane database using key terms for pelvic floor anatomy and function were cross referenced with skeletal muscle strength quantification from 1946 to 2016...
May 4, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469740/isokinetic-dynamometry-and-1rm-tests-produce-conflicting-results-for-assessing-alterations-in-muscle-strength
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Paulo Gentil, Fabricio Boscolo Del Vecchio, Antonio Paoli, Brad J Schoenfeld, Martim Bottaro
The purpose of this study was to compare strength gains in the lower limbs, assessed by one maximum repetition (1RM) and isokinetic peak torque (PT), in young men undergoing a resistance training (RT) program. Twenty-seven young men performed resistance training twice a week for 11 weeks. Training involved two exercises for the lower body, two for the upper body and one for the midsection performed with three sets of 8-12 repetitions to momentary muscle failure. Before and after the training period, participants performed the 1RM test in the 45° leg press and knee extension PT in isokinetic dynamometry...
February 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461226/clinical-and-functional-characteristics-of-people-with-chronic-and-recent-onset-plantar-heel-pain
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Allegra Barnes, Justin Sullivan, Evangelos Pappas, Roger Adams, Joshua Burns
BACKGROUND: Plantar heel pain is a common condition that reduces health-related quality of life. Recovery usually occurs within 12 months; however, up to 20 percent of people remain symptomatic beyond this time-frame. The level of pain and function in this chronic heel pain group is not well described. OBJECTIVE: To identify clinical and functional characteristics associated with chronic plantar heel pain compared with heel pain of recent onset. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study SETTING: University research laboratory and private physiotherapy clinic PARTICIPANTS: A total of 71 people with plantar heel pain for longer than 12 months and 64 people with plantar heel pain for less than 6 months were recruited from the general public...
April 28, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459795/four-weeks-of-nordic-hamstring-exercise-reduce-muscle-injury-risk-factors-in-young-adults
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João Breno de A R Alvares, Vanessa Bernardes Marques, Marco Aurélio Vaz, Bruno Manfredini Baroni
The Nordic hamstring exercise (NHE) is a field-based exercise designed for knee-flexor eccentric strengthening, aimed at muscle strains prevention. However, possible effects of NHE programmes on other hamstring injury risk factors remain unclear. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a NHE training programme on multiple hamstring injury risk factors. Twenty physically active young adults were allocated into two equal sized groups: control group (CG) and training group (TG). The TG was engaged in a 4-week NHE programme, twice a week, 3 sets of 6-10 repetitions; while CG received no exercise intervention...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455942/the-evaluation-of-pelvic-floor-muscle-strength-in-women-with-pelvic-floor-dysfunction-a-reliability-and-correlation-study
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Beatriz Navarro Brazález, María Torres Lacomba, Pedro de la Villa, Beatriz Sánchez Sánchez, Virginia Prieto Gómez, Ángel Asúnsolo Del Barco, Linda McLean
AIMS: The purposes of this study were: (i) to evaluate the reliability of vaginal palpation, vaginal manometry, vaginal dynamometry; and surface (transperineal) electromyography (sEMG), when evaluating pelvic floor muscle (PFM) strength and/or activation; and (ii) to determine the associations among PFM strength measured using these assessments. METHODS: One hundred and fifty women with pelvic floor disorders participated on one occasion, and 20 women returned for the same investigations by two different raters on 3 different days...
April 28, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431618/muscle-strength-and-power-in-persons-with-multiple-sclerosis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Mlk Jørgensen, U Dalgas, I Wens, L G Hvid
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease in the central nervous system which causes a number of physical symptoms including impairments of muscle mechanical function (muscle strength, muscle power and explosive muscle strength (~rate of force development, RFD)). However, a full overview of the existing knowledge regarding muscle mechanical function in persons with MS (PwMS) is still pending. OBJECTIVES: To systematically review 1) the psychometric properties of isokinetic dynamometry testing in PwMS, and 2) studies comparing muscle mechanical function in PwMS to matched healthy controls (HC)...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417202/cardiorespiratory-fitness-and-muscle-strength-in-pancreatic-cancer-patients
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Dorothea Clauss, Christine Tjaden, Thilo Hackert, Lutz Schneider, Cornelia M Ulrich, Joachim Wiskemann, Karen Steindorf
PURPOSE: Cancer patients frequently experience reduced physical fitness due to the disease itself as well as treatment-related side effects. However, studies on physical fitness in pancreatic cancer patients are missing. Therefore, we assessed cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle strength of pancreatic cancer patients. METHODS: We included 65 pancreatic cancer patients, mostly after surgical resection. Cardiorespiratory fitness was assessed using cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) and 6-min walk test (6MWT)...
April 17, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395183/interplay-between-body-stabilisation-and-quadriceps-muscle-activation-capacity
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Theodoros M Bampouras, Neil D Reeves, Vasilios Baltzopoulos, Constantinos N Maganaris
The study aimed to distinguish the effect of stabilisation and muscle activation on quadriceps maximal isometric voluntary contraction (MVC) torque generation. Nine subjects performed (a) an MVC with restrained leg and pelvis (Typical MVC), (b) a Typical MVC with handgrip (Handgrip MVC), (c) an MVC focusing on contracting the knee extensors only (Isolated knee extension MVC), and (d) an MVC with unrestrained leg and pelvis (Unrestrained MVC). Torque and activation capacity between conditions were compared with repeated measures ANOVA and dependent t-tests...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390845/prevalence-of-malnutrition-in-adult-patients-previously-treated-with%C3%A2-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Thibault Brotelle, Richard Lemal, Aurélie Cabrespine, Cécile Combal, Eric Hermet, Aurélie Ravinet, Jacques-Olivier Bay, Corinne Bouteloup
INTRODUCTION: Malnutrition is common after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT), and is a well-known prognostic factor for survival. The nutritional status of patients in a long term after allo-HSCT is less well documented. The main objective of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of malnutrition in adult patients who underwent allo-HSCT more than one year ago. Secondary objectives were to assess body composition, muscle strength, and factors associated with malnutrition...
March 28, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389120/reference-equations-for-handgrip-strength-normative-values-in-young-adult-and-middle-aged-subjects
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Jordão Lopes, Samantha Torres Grams, Edy Floriano da Silva, Luana Adriano de Medeiros, Christina May Moran de Brito, Wellington Pereira Yamaguti
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Handgrip strength (HS) has been widely used as a functionality parameter of the upper limbs (UL) and general health. The measurement of HS by dynamometry is a low cost, non-invasive method of simple applicability, widely used in pulmonary rehabilitation and in critical care units. However, there are no reports in the literature of reference equations for the Brazilian population involving young and middle-aged adults. The aim of this study was to establish reference equations to predict normal HS for young and middle-aged adults through demographic and anthropometric data...
March 24, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361744/admission-handgrip-strength-predicts-functional-decline-in-hospitalized-patients
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Thiare Olguín, Daniel Bunout, María Pía de la Maza, Gladys Barrera, Sandra Hirsch
PROBLEM: Up to 35% of hospitalized patients may experience functional decline during or after hospitalization. Subjective Global Assessment (SGA) and handgrip strength at admission, have been proposed as simple and accessible tools to predict functional decline, but there are few studies in hospitalized patients to confirm these findings. OBJECTIVE: To assess the predictive value of handgrip strength at hospital admission, on functional decline after 30 days. METHODS: 125 non-critical patients hospitalized for medical and surgical conditions, were studied in El Pino hospital in Santiago, Chile...
February 2017: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353085/alterations-in-mechanical-properties-of-the-patellar-tendon-is-associated-with-pain-in-athletes-with-patellar-tendinopathy
#17
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...
May 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
#18
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/28340163/does-cervical-interlaminar-epidural-steroid-injection-with-low-dose-lidocaine-cause-objective-upper-extremity-weakness-a-preliminary-study
#19
Zachary L McCormick, Ariana Nelson, Mark C Kendall, Robert J McCarthy, Geeta Nagpal, David R Walega
Objective. : Low-dose local anesthetic is often used in cervical interlaminar epidural steroid injections (CIESI), yet its effect on upper extremity strength has not been studied. The presence of consequent weakness has potential implications for postprocedure safety. This study aimed to determine whether low-dose lidocaine in a C7-T1 CIESI causes objective weakness. Design. : Prospective case series. Setting. : Academic pain center...
March 18, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333173/functional-and-volumetric-analysis-of-the-pectoralis-major-muscle-after-submuscular-breast-augmentation
#20
Ana Claudia Roxo, Fabio Xerfan Nahas, Nadia Cristina Pinheiro Rodrigues, José Inácio Salles, Victor Rodrigues Amaral Cossich, Claudio Cardoso de Castro, Jose Horacio Aboudib, Ruy Garcia Marques
Background: Dual plane breast augmentation is a technical variation of the submuscular plane described as a technique that reduces contour deformities due to contraction of the pectoralis major muscle and lower risk of double-bubble deformity associated with breast ptosis. Despite improvement in the aesthetic aspect, there is still no consensus whether this technique affects the function of the pectoralis major muscle. Objectives: The aim of this study was to correlate functional with volumetric changes associated with dissection of the muscle origin in submuscular breast augmentation...
June 1, 2017: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
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