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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213167/the-effect-of-peripheral-neuropathy-on-lower-limb-muscle-strength-in-diabetic-individuals
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Jean P Ferreira, Cristina D Sartor, Ângela M O Leal, Isabel C N Sacco, Tatiana O Sato, Ivana L Ribeiro, Alice S Soares, Jonathan E Cunha, Tania F Salvini
BACKGROUND: Skeletal muscle strength is poorly described and understood in diabetic participants with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. This study aimed to investigate the extensor and flexor torque of the knee and ankle during concentric, eccentric, and isometric contractions in men with diabetes mellitus type 2 with and without diabetic peripheral neuropathy. METHODS: Three groups of adult men (n=92), similar in age, body mass index, and testosterone levels, were analyzed: 33 non-diabetic controls, 31 with type 2 diabetes mellitus, and 28 with diabetic peripheral neuropathy...
February 9, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212895/the-influence-of-enteral-obestatin-administration-to-suckling-rats-on-intestinal-contractility
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M Słupecka, P Grzesiak, J Kwiatkowski, M Gajewska, A Kuwahara, I Kato, J Woliński
This study investigated the effect of enteral administration of obestatin on the contractility of whole-thickness preparations of duodenum and middle jejunum, as well as on the morphology of the enteric nervous system (ENS). Suckling rats were assigned to 3 groups (n=12) treated with: C- saline solution; LO- obestatin (125 nmol/kg b.wt); HO-obestatin (250 nmol/kg b.wt). Saline solution or obestatin were administered twice daily, from the 14(th) to the 21(st) day of life. Sections were studied in an organ bath, for isometric recording in the presence of acetylocholine (ACh), atropine (ATR) and tetradotoxin (TTX)...
February 14, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211794/test-retest-reliability-of-muscle-fiber-conduction-velocity-and-fractal-dimension-of-surface-emg-during-isometric-contractions
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Matteo Beretta-Piccoli, Giuseppe D'Antona, Cristian Zampella, Marco Barbero, Ron Clijsen, Corrado Cescon
The aim of this study was to determine the test-retest reliability of muscle fiber conduction velocity (CV) and fractal dimension (FD) obtained from multichannel surface electromyographic (sEMG) recordings. Forty healthy recreationally active subjects (20 men and 20 women) performed two elbow flexions on two trials with a 1-week interval. The first was a 20% maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) of 120 s, and the second at 60% MVC held until exhaustion. sEMG signals were detected from the biceps brachii, using bi-dimensional arrays...
February 17, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210036/a-study-on-muscle-activity-and-ratio-of-the-knee-extensor-depending-on-the-types-of-squat-exercise
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Jeong-Il Kang, Joon-Su Park, Hyun Choi, Dae-Keun Jeong, Hye-Min Kwon, Young-Jun Moon
[Purpose] For preventing the patellofemoral pain syndrome, this study aims to suggest a proper squat method, which presents selective muscle activity of Vastus Medialis Oblique and muscle activity ratios of Vastus Medialis Oblique/Vastus Lateralis by applying squat that is a representative weight bearing exercise method in various ways depending on the surface conditions and knee bending angles. [Subjects and Methods] An isometric squat that was accompanied by hip adduction, depending on the surface condition and the knee joint flexion angle, was performed by 24 healthy students...
January 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209743/skeletal-muscle-bioenergetics-during-all-out-exercise-mechanistic-insight-into-the-oxygen-uptake-slow-component-and-neuromuscular-fatigue
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Ryan M Broxterman, Gwenael Layec, Thomas J Hureau, Markus Amann, Russell S Richardson
Although commonly used, the physiological mechanisms underlying all-out exercise performance are still unclear and an in-depth assessment of skeletal muscle bioenergetics is lacking. Therefore, phosphorous magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((31)P-MRS) was utilized to assess skeletal muscle bioenergetics during a 5-min all-out intermittent isometric knee-extensor protocol in 8 healthy men. The metabolic perturbation, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthesis rates, ATP cost of contraction, and mitochondrial capacity were determined from intramuscular concentrations of phosphocreatine (PCr), inorganic phosphate (Pi), diprotonated phosphate (H2PO4⁻ ), and pH...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208087/morphomechanical-alterations-in-the-medial-gastrocnemius-muscle-in-patients-with-a-repaired-achilles-tendon-associations-with-outcome-measures
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Wei-Chen Peng, Yi-Ping Chang, Yuan-Hung Chao, S N Fu, Christer Rolf, Tiffany Tf Shih, Sheng-Chu Su, Hsing-Kuo Wang
BACKGROUND: Functional deficits are found in ankles that have sustained an Achilles rupture. This study sought to evaluate and compare the morphomechanical characteristics of the medial gastrocnemius muscle in the legs of participants within six months of a unilateral Achilles repair to determine any correlations between those characteristics and objective outcomes and self-reported functional levels. METHODS: Fifteen participants were assessed via measurements of muscle morphologies (fascicle length, pennation angle, and muscle thickness) in a resting state, the mechanical properties of the proximal aponeurosis of the medial gastrocnemius muscle, the pennation angle during ramping maximal voluntary isometric contractions (MVIC), the heel raise test, and the Taiwan Chinese version of the Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS-TC) questionnaire...
February 8, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208012/hypothermia-inhibits-endothelium-independent-vascular-contractility-via-rho-kinase-inhibition
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Yoon Hee Chung, Keon Woong Oh, Sung Tae Kim, Eon Sub Park, Hyun Dong Je, Hyuk-Jun Yoon, Uy Dong Sohn, Ji Hoon Jeong, Hyen-Oh La
The present study was undertaken to investigate the influence of hypothermia on endothelium-independent vascular smooth muscle contractility and to determine the mechanism underlying the relaxation. Denuded aortic rings from male rats were used and isometric contractions were recorded and combined with molecular experiments. Hypothermia significantly inhibited fluoride-, thromboxane A₂-, phenylephrine-, and phorbol ester-induced vascular contractions regardless of endothelial nitric oxide synthesis, suggesting that another pathway had a direct effect on vascular smooth muscle...
February 17, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207840/using-the-hephaistos-orthotic-device-to-study-countermeasure-effectiveness-of-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-and-dietary-lupin-protein-supplementation-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Jochen Zange, Kathrin Schopen, Kirsten Albracht, Darius A Gerlach, Petra Frings-Meuthen, Nicola A Maffiuletti, Wilhelm Bloch, Jörn Rittweger
PURPOSE: The present study investigated whether neuromuscular electrical stimulation for 20 min twice a day with an electrode placed over the soleus muscle and nutritional supplementation with 19 g of protein rich lupin seeds can reduce the loss in volume and strength of the human calf musculature during long term unloading by wearing an orthotic unloading device. METHODS: Thirteen healthy male subjects (age of 26.4 ± 3.7 years) wore a Hephaistos orthosis one leg for 60 days during all habitual activities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205264/the-influence-of-patellar-tendon-and-muscle-tendon-unit-stiffness-on-quadriceps-explosive-strength-in-man
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Garry J Massey, Thomas G Balshaw, Thomas M Maden-Wilkinson, Neale A Tillin, Jonathan P Folland
The influence of musculotendinous tissue stiffness on contractile rate of torque development (RTD) remains opaque. This study examined the relationships between both patellar tendon (PT) and vastus lateralis (VL) muscle-tendon unit (MTU) stiffness, and voluntary and evoked knee extension RTD. Fifty-two healthy untrained males completed duplicate laboratory sessions. Absolute and relative RTD was measured at 50 Nm/25%MVT increments from onset and sequentially during explosive voluntary and evoked octet (supramaximal stimulation: [8 pulses at 300 Hz]) isometric contractions...
February 15, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205055/effectiveness-of-calcifediol-in-improving-muscle-function-in-post-menopausal-women-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Giovanni Iolascon, Antimo Moretti, Alessandro de Sire, Dario Calafiore, Francesca Gimigliano
INTRODUCTION: The role of vitamin D supplementation on muscle function and physical performance is still debated. Calcifediol is an available treatment for hypovitaminosis D, particularly for extra-skeletal effects. Aim of this prospective cohort study was to evaluate the effectiveness of calcifediol on serum levels of 25(OH)D3, appendicular muscle strength, physical performance, and prevention of falls in post-menopausal women. METHODS: We recruited post-menopausal women aged ≥50 years, referring to an outpatient service for the management of osteoporosis over a 18-month period...
February 15, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204862/effect-of-constant-predictable-and-unpredictable-motor-tasks-on-motor-performance-and-blood-markers-of-stress
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Laura Kyguoliene, Albertas Skurvydas, Nerijus Eimantas, Neringa Baranauskienė, Dalia Mickeviciene, Daiva Urboniene, Margarita Cernych, Marius Brazaitis
An unfamiliar or novel physical stimulus induces activation of dopaminergic neurons within the brain and greater activity in areas involved in emotion; considering this, we aimed to establish whether unpredictable prolonged (fatiguing) motor task (vs. constant vs. predictable) evokes greater dopaminergic activity, enhances neuromuscular performance, motor accuracy, and perception of effort, and delays overall central fatigue. Fifteen healthy male volunteers (aged 22 ± 4 years) were required to perform 1 of 3 exercise trials (at least 1 week apart) of 100 intermittent isometric contraction (IIC) tasks involving knee extensions at 60° flexion...
February 16, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204835/pain-and-functional-outcomes-after-outpatient-physiotherapy-in-patients-with-low-back-pain
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Martin Alfuth, Dieter W Welsink
BACKGROUND: Physiotherapy treatment programs are recommended in the rehabilitation of low back pain (LBP). Rehabilitation institutions are increasingly asked to demonstrate the outcomes of their intensive physiotherapy services. AIM: To describe pain and functional outcome measures following a 6-month outpatient physiotherapy treatment program in patients with LBP. METHODS: A total of 85 patients were analysed after being treated with a combination of physiotherapeutic treatment modalities 2-3 days weekly...
February 15, 2017: Der Orthopäde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203600/do-muscle-strength-deficits-of-the-uninvolved-hip-and-knee-exist-in-young-athletes-before-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction
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Joseph Hannon, Sharon Wang-Price, Shiho Goto, J Craig Garrison, James M Bothwell
BACKGROUND: Muscle strength of the involved limb is known to be decreased after injury. Comparison with the uninvolved limb has become standard of practice to measure progress and for calculation of limb symmetry indices (LSIs) to determine readiness to return to sport. However, some literature suggests strength changes in the uninvolved limb also are present after lower extremity injury. PURPOSE: To examine the uninvolved limb strength in a population of adolescent athletes after an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and compare strength values with those of the dominant limb in a healthy control group...
January 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202585/is-human-achilles-tendon-deformation-greater-in-regions-where-cross-sectional-area-is-smaller
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Neil D Reeves, Glen Cooper
The Achilles is a long tendon varying in cross-sectional area (CSA) considerably along its length. For the same force, a smaller CSA would experience higher tendon stress and we hypothesised that these areas would therefore undergo larger transverse deformations. A novel magnetic resonance imaging-based approach was implemented to quantify changes in tendon CSA from rest along the length of the Achilles tendon under load conditions corresponding to 10, 20 and 30% of isometric plantar flexor maximum voluntary contraction (MVC)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199185/age-and-sex-related-differences-in-normal-pituitary-gland-and-fossa-volumes
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Hrvoje Ivan Pecina, Tatjana Cicvara Pecina, Vlasta Vyroubal, Ivan Kruljac, Mario Slaus
This study investigates the influence of age and sex on the volumes of the pituitary fossa and gland in 91 males and 108 females from Croatia who underwent magnetic resonance imaging of the endocranium for complaints not related to the pituitary gland. Isometric 3DT1 MPRAGE and 3DT1 MPR sequences were obtained on 1.5. Tesla and analysed on ISSA software. The volumes were obtained from the sum of all the areas multiplied by the thickness of the section. The mean volume of the pituitary fossa for males was 1111...
March 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198697/a-phylogenetic-transform-enhances-analysis-of-compositional-microbiota-data
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Justin D Silverman, Alex D Washburne, Sayan Mukherjee, Lawrence A David
Surveys of microbial communities (microbiota), typically measured as relative abundance of species, have illustrated the importance of these communities in human health and disease. Yet, statistical artifacts commonly plague the analysis of relative abundance data. Here, we introduce the PhILR transform, which incorporates microbial evolutionary models with the isometric log-ratio transform to allow off-the-shelf statistical tools to be safely applied to microbiota surveys. We demonstrate that analyses of community-level structure can be applied to PhILR transformed data with performance on benchmarks rivaling or surpassing standard tools...
February 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198605/the-effect-of-gymnastic-training-on-muscle-strength-and-co-activation-during-isometric-elbow-and-glenohumeral-flexion-extension
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Andrzej Kochanowicz, Bartłomiej Niespodziński, Jan Mieszkowski, Kazimierz Kochanowicz, Stanisław Sawczyn
BACKGROUND: The purpose of the study was to demonstrate the differences between non- athletes and gymnasts at the pre- and post-pubertal age in the development of peak torque and ensuing flexion/extension ratios at the elbow and the glenohumeral joints, as well as to assess the relevance of the above activities for the co-activation of selected muscles. METHODS: The study involved 20 gymnasts and 20 non-athletes aged 8-9 years, in addition to 12 gymnasts and 16 non-athletes aged 18-25 years...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198602/the-profile-of-upper-extremity-muscular-strength-in-female-wheelchair-basketball-players-a-pilot-study
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Bahar Külünkoğlu, Yasemin Akkubak, Nevin Ergun
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to analyze and compare the profile of upper extremity muscle strength in female wheelchair basketball players with that of sex-matched non-disabled controls. METHODS: Nineteen female subjects were enrolled in this study. These were divided into two groups. Group 1 (n=10) consisted of wheelchair basketball players and Group 2 (n=9) of non-disabled individuals. Muscular strength in the shoulder was measured using an isokinetic dynamometer...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196770/effect-of-low-intensity-cavitation-on-the-isolated-human-thoracic-artery-in%C3%A2-vitro
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Algimantas Bubulis, Vida Garalienė, Vytautas Jurėnas, Jonas Navickas, Saulius Giedraitis
Reported here are the results of an experimental study on the response to low-intensity cavitation induced by low-frequency (4-6 W/cm(2), 20 kHz and 32.6 kHz) ultrasound of isolated human arterial samples taken during conventional myocardial revascularization operations. Studies have found that low-frequency ultrasound results in a significant (48%-54%) increase in isometric contraction force and does not depend on the number of exposures (10 or 20) or the time passed since the start of ultrasound (0, 10 and 20 min), but does depend on the frequency and location (internal or external) of the blood vessels for the application of ultrasound...
February 10, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194734/physical-and-physiological-profiles-of-brazilian-jiu-jitsu-athletes-a-systematic-review
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Leonardo Vidal Andreato, Francisco Javier Díaz Lara, Alexandro Andrade, Braulio Henrique Magnani Branco
BACKGROUND: Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a grappling combat sport that has intermittency as its core element; in other words, actions of high, moderate and low intensity are interspersed during matches, requiring a high level of conditioning to support optimal levels of performance for the total match time. The athletes perform from four to six matches during a day of competition, and this number may increase if the open-class competition, which is held parallel to the competition by weight class, is considered...
December 2017: Sports Medicine—Open
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