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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741127/wing-morphology-winter-ecology-and-fecundity-selection-evidence-for-sex-dependence-in-barn-swallows-hirundo-rustica
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Nicola Saino, Roberto Ambrosini, Manuela Caprioli, Felix Liechti, Andrea Romano, Diego Rubolini, Chiara Scandolara
Variation in wing morphology results from the combination of diverse selection pressures. Wing feather morphology within species varies with sex and ontogenetic effects, and also with ecological factors. Yet, the direction of causation for the wing morphology-ecology association remains to be elucidated. Under the 'ecology-dependence' hypothesis, wing morphology covaries with ecological conditions, because the latter affect feather molt. Alternatively, the 'habitat choice' hypothesis posits that individuals with different wing morphology choose different habitats because of the habitat-dependent advantages of a specific wing morphology...
July 25, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738671/inertial-flywheel-resistance-training-and-muscle-oxygen-saturation
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Rafael Timón, Jesús G Ponce-González, José L González-Montesinos, Guillermo Olcina, Alejandro Pérez-Pérez, José Castro-Piñero
BACKGROUND: The inertial flywheel device causes an increase in eccentric overload during training. The aim was to study muscle oxygen saturation produced during an inertial flywheel squat training, comparing it with a barbell squat training. METHODS: Twelve male adults performed a barbell squat training (3 x 8 reps, 75-80% 1RM) and a flywheel squat training (3 x 8 reps, all-out). Muscle oxygen saturation (%SmO2), total hemoglobin (tHb), reoxygenation, heart rate (HR), lactate, vertical jumps, maximal voluntary isometric contraction and rated perceived exertion (RPE) were studied...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737590/fiber-type-composition-and-rate-of-force-development-in-endurance-and-resistance-trained-individuals
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Spyridon Methenitis, Konstantinos Spengos, Nikolaos Zaras, Angeliki-Nikoletta Stasinaki, Giorgos Papadimas, Giorgos Karampatsos, Giannis Arnaoutis, Gerasimos Terzis
The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between muscle fiber composition and the rate of force development (RFD) in well-trained individuals with different training background. Thirty-eight young males with different training background participated: 9 endurance runners, 10 power-trained, 9 strength-trained, and 10 sedentary. They performed maximal isometric leg press for the measurement of RFD. Body composition (dual x-ray absorptiometry) and vastus lateralis fiber type composition was also evaluated...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737276/age-related-differences-in-the-motor-unit-action-potential-size-in-relation-to-recruitment-threshold
#4
Adam J Sterczala, Trent J Herda, Jonathan D Miller, Anthony B Ciccone, Michael A Trevino
Motor unit action potential size (MUAPsize ) versus recruitment threshold (RT) relationship analysis provides a non-invasive measure of motor unit (MU) hypertrophy; however, this method's ability to identify MU atrophy is unknown. This investigation sought to determine if MUAPsize versus RT relationship slope (APslope ) comparison could identify evidence of MU atrophy in older individuals. Surface electromyography signals were recorded from the first dorsal interosseous (FDI) of fourteen young (YG, age = 22·29 ± 2·79 years) and ten older (OG, 61·0 ± 2·0 years) subjects during a 50% maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) isometric trapezoidal muscle action...
July 24, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736078/patellar-tendon-in-vivo-regional-strain-with-varying-knee-angle
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Stephen J Pearson, Azlan S A Mohammed, Syed R Hussain
PURPOSE: Descriptive data on the aspects of site specific in vivo tendon strain with varying knee joint angle are non-existent. The present study determines and compares surface and deep layer strain of the patellar tendon during isometric contractions across a range of knee joint angles. METHODS: Male participants (age 22.0±3.4) performed ramped isometric knee extensions at knee joint angles of 90°, 70°, 50° and 30° of flexion. Strain patterns of the anterior and posterior regions of the patellar tendon were determined using real-time B-mode ultrasonography at each knee joint angle...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735292/pathogenesis-of-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-is-mutation-rather-than-disease-specific-a-comparison-of-the-cardiac-troponin-t-e163r-and-r92q-mouse-models
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Cecilia Ferrantini, Raffaele Coppini, Josè Manuel Pioner, Francesca Gentile, Benedetta Tosi, Luca Mazzoni, Beatrice Scellini, Nicoletta Piroddi, Annunziatina Laurino, Lorenzo Santini, Valentina Spinelli, Leonardo Sacconi, Pieter De Tombe, Rachel Moore, Jil Tardiff, Alessandro Mugelli, Iacopo Olivotto, Elisabetta Cerbai, Chiara Tesi, Corrado Poggesi
BACKGROUND: In cardiomyocytes from patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, mechanical dysfunction and arrhythmogenicity are caused by mutation-driven changes in myofilament function combined with excitation-contraction (E-C) coupling abnormalities related to adverse remodeling. Whether myofilament or E-C coupling alterations are more relevant in disease development is unknown. Here, we aim to investigate whether the relative roles of myofilament dysfunction and E-C coupling remodeling in determining the hypertrophic cardiomyopathy phenotype are mutation specific...
July 22, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735103/voluntary-activation-of-the-trapezius-muscle-in-cases-with-neck-shoulder-pain-compared-to-healthy-controls
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Katrine Tholstrup Bech, Camilla Marie Larsen, Gisela Sjøgaard, Andreas Holtermann, Janet L Taylor, Karen Søgaard
Subjects reporting neck/shoulder pain have been shown to generate less force during maximal voluntary isometric contractions (MVC) of the shoulder muscles compared to healthy controls. This has been suggested to be caused by a pain-related decrease in voluntary activation (VA) rather than lack of muscle mass. The aim of the present study was to investigate VA of the trapezius muscle during MVCs in subjects with and without neck/shoulder pain by use of the twitch interpolation technique. Ten cases suffering from pain and ten age and gender matched, healthy controls were included in the study...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735102/intra-operatively-measured-spastic-semimembranosus-forces-of-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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Can A Yucesoy, Yener Temelli, Filiz Ateş
The knee kept forcibly in a flexed position is typical in cerebral palsy. Using a benchmark, we investigate intra-operatively if peak spastic hamstring force is measured in flexed knee positions. This tests the assumed shift of optimal length due to adaptation of spastic muscle and a decreasing force trend towards extension. Previously we measured spastic gracilis (GRA) and semitendinosus (ST) forces. Presently, we studied spastic semimembranosus (SM) and tested the following hypotheses: spastic SM forces are (1) high in flexed and (2) low in extended positions...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734715/elbow-flexion-and-forearm-supination-strength-in-a-healthy-population
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Maximilian Kerschbaum, Nina Maziak, Elisabeth Böhm, Markus Scheibel
BACKGROUND AND HYPOTHESIS: Despite the lack of representative data of a healthy population, many clinical trials concerning the measurement of postoperative elbow flexion or forearm supination strength use the contralateral side as a control. We hypothesized that there are no differences in elbow flexion and supination strength between the dominant and nondominant sides in healthy volunteers. METHODS: The study was performed on a cross-sectional cohort of healthy subjects without any prior injuries or surgical interventions of the upper extremities...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734538/accuracy-of-infraspinatus-isometric-testing-in-predicting-tear-size-and-tendon-reparability-comparison-with-imaging-and-arthroscopy
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Helen Razmjou, Monique Christakis, Tim Dwyer, Varda van Osnabrugge, Richard Holtby
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to examine the accuracy of external rotation in neutral (0° external position) and in shortened position (45° external position) in relation to rotator cuff tear size, tendon reparability, and other clinical, surgical, and imaging findings. METHODS: This was a prospective blinded diagnostic study of consecutive surgical candidates for rotator cuff repair using magnetic resonance imaging and arthroscopic surgery as the "gold standards...
August 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733775/how-swallow-pressures-and-dysphagia-affect-malnutrition-and-mealtime-outcomes-in-long-term-care
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Ashwini M Namasivayam-MacDonald, Jill M Morrison, Catriona M Steele, Heather Keller
Malnutrition is a major cause of hospitalization for residents of long-term care facilities (LTC). Dysphagia is thought to contribute to malnutrition. Tongue weakness is suggested to predict poor food intake, longer meals, and dysphagia. We explored the relationships between tongue strength, dysphagia, malnutrition and mealtime outcomes in LTC residents. Data were collected from 639 LTC residents (199 male), aged 62-102 (mean 87). Maximum isometric tongue pressures (MIPs) and saliva swallow pressures (MSPs) were measured using the Iowa Oral Performance Instrument...
July 21, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732494/the-effects-of-therapeutic-hip-exercise-with-abdominal-core-activation-on-recruitment-of-the-hip-muscles
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Mandy Ky Chan, Ka Wai Chow, Alfred Ys Lai, Noble Kc Mak, Jason Ch Sze, Sharon Mh Tsang
BACKGROUND: Core stabilization has been utilized for rehabilitation and prevention of lower limb musculoskeletal injuries. Previous studies showed that activation of the abdominal core muscles enhanced the hip muscle activity in hip extension and abduction exercises. However, the lack of the direct measurement and quantification of the activation level of the abdominal core muscles during the execution of the hip exercises affect the level of evidence to substantiate the proposed application of core exercises to promote training and rehabilitation outcome of the hip region...
July 21, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732481/central-and-peripheral-fatigue-development-in-the-shoulder-muscle-with-obesity-during-an-isometric-endurance-task
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Mojdeh Pajoutan, Mahboobeh Ghesmaty Sangachin, Lora A Cavuoto
BACKGROUND: Fatigue increases the likelihood of developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders and injury. Due to the physiological and neuromuscular changes that accompany obesity, it may alter the fatigue development mechanism and exacerbate injury risk. The upper extremities have the highest incidence rates for work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Therefore, the goals of this study were to investigate the effect of obesity on central vs. peripheral fatigue as well as on the physical signs of fatigue on the middle deltoid muscle...
July 21, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732069/saccharomyces-boulardii-cncm-i-745-supplementation-reduces-gastrointestinal-dysfunction-in-an-animal-model-of-ibs
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Paola Brun, Melania Scarpa, Chiara Marchiori, Gloria Sarasin, Valentina Caputi, Andrea Porzionato, Maria Cecilia Giron, Giorgio Palù, Ignazio Castagliuolo
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the effect of Saccharomyces boulardii CNCM I-745 on intestinal neuromuscular anomalies in an IBS-type mouse model of gastrointestinal motor dysfunctions elicited by Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 (HSV-1) exposure. METHODS: Mice were inoculated intranasally with HSV-1 (102 PFU) or vehicle at time 0 and 4 weeks later by the intragastric (IG) route (108 PFU). Six weeks after IG inoculum, mice were randomly allocated to receive oral gavage with either S...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728791/the-effects-of-achilles-tendon-compliance-on-triceps-surae-mechanics-and-energetics-in-walking
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Maria Isabel V Orselli, Jason R Franz, Darryl G Thelen
Achilles tendon (AT) compliance can affect the generation and transmission of triceps surae muscle forces, and thus has important biomechanical consequences for walking performance. However, the uniarticular soleus (SOL) and the biarticular (GAS) function differently during walking, with in vivo evidence suggesting that their associated fascicles and tendinous structures exhibit unique kinematics during walking. Given the strong association between muscle fiber length, velocity and force production, we conjectured that SOL and GAS mechanics and energetic behavior would respond differently to altered AT compliance...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728077/comparison-of-spinal-stability-following-motor-control-and-general-exercises-in-nonspecific-chronic-low-back-pain-patients
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MohammadBagher Shamsi, Javad Sarrafzadeh, Aliashraf Jamshidi, Navid Arjmand, Farshid Ghezelbash
BACKGROUND: Motor control exercise was claimed to improve spinal stability in patients with chronic non-specific back pain, but to investigate the effectiveness of this exercise, other outcome measures have been used rather than spinal stability itself. The aim of our study is to assess motor control exercise effects on spinal stability using a biomechanical model. METHODS: Fifty-one patients were assigned to either motor control or general exercises. Before and after trainings, participants were tested for spinal stability at seven isometric tasks...
July 8, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727745/evaluation-of-tissue-displacement-and-regional-strain-in-the-achilles-tendon-using-quantitative-high-frequency-ultrasound
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Stijn Bogaerts, Catarina De Brito Carvalho, Lennart Scheys, Kaat Desloovere, Jan D'hooge, Frederik Maes, Paul Suetens, Koen Peers
The Achilles tendon has a unique structure-function relationship thanks to its innate hierarchical architecture in combination with the rotational anatomy of the sub-tendons from the triceps surae muscles. Previous research has provided valuable insight in global Achilles tendon mechanics, but limitations with the technique used remain. Furthermore, given the global approach evaluating muscle-tendon junction to insertion, regional differences in tendon mechanical properties might be overlooked. However, recent advancements in the field of ultrasound imaging in combination with speckle tracking have made an intratendinous evaluation possible...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725924/effect-of-training-status-on-beta-range-corticomuscular-coherence-in-agonist-vs-antagonist-muscles-during-isometric-knee-contractions
#18
Fabien Dal Maso, Marieke Longcamp, Sylvain Cremoux, David Amarantini
Antagonist muscle co-activation is thought to be partially regulated by cortical influences, but direct motor cortex involvement is not fully understood. Corticomuscular coherence (CMC) measures direct functional coupling of the motor cortex and muscles. As antagonist co-activation differs according to training status, comparison of CMC in agonist and antagonist muscles and in strength-trained and endurance-trained individuals may provide in-depth knowledge of cortical implication in antagonist muscle co-activation...
July 19, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725437/towards-evidence-based-strength-training-a-comparison-of-muscle-forces-during-deadlifts-goodmornings-and-split-squats
#19
Florian Schellenberg, William R Taylor, Silvio Lorenzetti
BACKGROUND: To ensure an efficient and targeted adaptation with low injury risk during strength exercises, knowledge of the participant specific internal loading conditions is essential. The goal of this study was to calculate the lower limb muscles forces during the strength exercises deadlifts, goodmornings and splits squats by means of musculoskeletal simulation. METHODS: 11 participants were assessed performing 10 different variations of split squats by varying the step length as well as the maximal frontal tibia angle, and 13 participants were measured performing deadlift and goodmorning exercises...
2017: BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725402/what-does-body-size-mean-from-the-plant-s-eye-view
#20
Amanda J Tracey, Kimberly A Stephens, Brandon S Schamp, Lonnie W Aarssen
Alternative metrics exist for representing variation in plant body size, but the vast majority of previous research for herbaceous plants has focused on dry mass. Dry mass provides a reasonably accurate and easily measured estimate for comparing relative capacity to convert solar energy into stored carbon. However, from a "plant's eye view", its experience of its local biotic environment of immediate neighbors (especially when crowded) may be more accurately represented by measures of "space occupancy" (S-O) recorded in situ-rather than dry mass measured after storage in a drying oven...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
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