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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100099/a-user-centered-qualitative-study-on-experiences-with-ankle-foot-orthoses-and-suggestions-for-improved-design
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Dymphy van der Wilk, Juha Markus Hijmans, Klaas Postema, Gijsbertus Jacob Verkerke
BACKGROUND: Improving ankle-foot orthosis design can best be done by implementing a user-centered approach. OBJECTIVE: To provide insight into the ideas of ankle-foot orthosis users with flaccid ankle muscle paresis on the importance of activities and suggestions for an improved ankle-foot orthosis design. STUDY DESIGN: A focus-group discussion with eight ankle-foot orthosis users (57 ± 5 years, 50% female). METHODS: Main inclusion criteria were as follows: ⩾18 years, unable to stand on tip-toe and unable to lift toes...
January 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095093/the-effect-of-foot-plantar-massage-on-balance-and-functional-reach-in-patients-with-type-ii-diabetes
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Eylem Tütün Yümin, Tülay Tarsuslu Şimşek, Meral Sertel, Handan Ankaralı, Murat Yumin
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of manual foot plantar massage (classic and friction massage) on functional mobility level, balance, and functional reach in patients with type II diabetes mellitus (T2 DM). METHODS: A total of 38 subjects diagnosed with T2 DM were included in the study. A healthy control group could not be formed in this study. After the subjects' socio-demographic data were obtained, Timed Up & Go (TUG) Test, functional reach test (FRT), one-leg standing test with eyes open-closed, and Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) to measure foot pain intensity were performed...
January 17, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095006/can-the-structure-of-motor-variability-predict-learning-rate
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David Barbado Murillo, Carla Caballero Sánchez, Janice Moreside, Francisco J Vera-García, Francisco J Moreno
Recent studies show that motor variability is actively regulated as an exploration tool to promote learning in reward-based tasks. However, its role in learning processes during error-based tasks, when a reduction of the motor variability is required to achieve good performance, is still unclear. In this study, we hypothesized that error-based learning not only depends on exploration but also on the individuals' ability to measure and predict the motor error. Previous studies identified a less auto-correlated motor variability as a higher ability to perform motion adjustments...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094873/effects-of-adding-whole-body-vibration-to-routine-day-activity-program-on-physical-functioning-in-elderly-with-mild-or-moderate-dementia-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Freddy M H Lam, L R Liao, Timothy C Y Kwok, Marco Y C Pang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of whole-body vibration (WBV) added to a routine activity program on lower limb strength, balance, and mobility among community-dwelling individuals with mild or moderate dementia, compared with the routine program alone. METHODS: Fifty-four older adults (40 women; mean (SD) age: 79.8 (6.1) years) with mild or moderate dementia were recruited from two daycare centers. The participants were randomly allocated to undergo a routine day activity program combined with WBV training (WBV at 30 Hz, 2-mm peak-to-peak amplitude) or the routine program only without WBV for 9 weeks (18 sessions)...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093258/stooping-crouching-and-standing-characterizing-balance-control-strategies-across-postures
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Tyler B Weaver, Michal N Glinka, Andrew C Laing
BACKGROUND: While stooping and crouching postures are critical for many activities of daily living, little is known about the balance control mechanisms employed during these postures. Accordingly, the purpose of this study was to characterize the mechanisms driving net center of pressure (COPNet) movement across three postures (standing, stooping, and crouching) and to investigate if control in each posture was influenced by time. METHODS: Ten young adults performed the three postures for 60s each...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092413/disruption-of-right-posterior-parietal-cortex-by-ctbs-alters-the-control-of-body-balance-in-quiet-stance
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David Kaulmann, Joachim Hermsdörfer, Leif Johannsen
Control of body balance relies on the integration of multiple sensory modalities. Lightly touching an earth-fixed reference augments the control of body sway. We aimed to advance the understanding of cortical integration of an afferent signal from light fingertip contact (LT) for the stabilisation of standing body balance. Assuming that right-hemisphere Posterior Parietal Cortex (rPPC) is involved in the integration and processing of touch for postural control, we expected that disrupting rPPC would attenuate any effects of light touch...
January 16, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090004/difference-in-dynamic-body-balance-between-forward-and-lateral-single-leg-hop-landing
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Yukiko Kawakami, Issei Ogasawara, Yasukazu Yonetani, Rikio Takao, Tatsuo Mae, Ken Nakata, Shuji Horibe
Since the loss of balance can result in falls or lower extremity injuries during sports or daily activities, quantitative evaluation of one's ability to maintain balance with changes in the direction of motion is crucial. The present study aimed to assess whether the trajectory length of the center of pressure (COP) and peak values of the ground reaction force (GRF) following a single-leg hop landing differ when hopping forward or laterally, and to ascertain disparities in balance characteristics due to differences in hop direction...
January 16, 2017: Kurume Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088413/short-communication-associations-between-feed-push-up-frequency-feeding-and-lying-behavior-and-milk-yield-and-composition-of-dairy-cows
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E K Miller-Cushon, T J DeVries
Feeding management factors have great potential to influence activity patterns and feeding behavior of dairy cows, which may have implications for performance. The objectives of this study were to assess the effects of feed push-up frequency on the behavioral patterns of dairy cows, and to determine associations between behavior and milk yield and composition. Lactating Holstein dairy cows (n = 28, parity = 1.9 ± 1.1; mean ± SD) were housed in tiestalls, milked twice per day, and offered ad libitum access to water and a total mixed ration (containing, on a dry matter basis: 25% corn silage, 25% grass/alfalfa haylage, 30% high-moisture corn, and 20% protein/mineral supplement), provided twice per day...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079528/assessing-the-evolution-of-redundancy-synergy-of-spontaneous-variability-regulation-with-age
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Alberto Porta, Vlasta Bari, Beatrice De Maria, Natália Maria Perseguini, Juliana Milan, Patricia Rehder-Santos, Vinícius Minatel, Anielle Takahashi, Aparecida Catai
We exploited a model-based Wiener-Granger causality method in the information domain for the evaluation of the transfer entropy (TE) and interaction TE (ITE), the latter taken as a measure of the net balance between redundancy and synergy, to describe the interactions between the spontaneous variability of heart period (HP) and systolic arterial pressure (SAP) and the effect of respiration (R) on both variables. Cardiac control was typified via the genuine TE from SAP to HP, that from R to HP, and the ITE from SAP and R to HP, while vascular control was characterized via the genuine TE from HP to SAP, that from R to SAP, and the ITE from HP and R to SAP...
January 12, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069073/quantification-of-postural-stability-in-minimally-disabled-multiple-sclerosis-patients-by-means-of-dynamic-posturography-an-observational-study
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Lucia Grassi, Stefano Rossi, Valeria Studer, Gessica Vasco, Caterina Motta, Fabrizio Patanè, Enrico Castelli, Silvia Rossi, Paolo Cappa
BACKGROUND: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a widespread progressive neurologic disease with consequent impairments in daily activities. Disorders of balance are frequent and equilibrium tests are potentially useful to quantify disability and to verify treatment effectiveness. The fair sensitivity of the widely used not-perturbed tests to detect balance disturbances in MS patients have prompted the development of mechatronic systems capable to impose known equilibrium perturbations, in order to challenge the balance control and, consequently, to better assess the level of impairment...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067120/standing-balance-in-people-with-trans-tibial-amputation-due-to-vascular-causes-a-literature-review
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Mayank Seth, Eric Lamberg
BACKGROUND: Balance is an important variable to consider during the rehabilitation process of individuals with trans-tibial amputation. Limited evidence exists on the balance abilities of people with trans-tibial amputation due to vascular causes. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to review literature and determine if standing balance is diminished in people with trans-tibial amputation due to vascular causes. STUDY DESIGN: Literature review...
January 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059683/spinopelvic-sagittal-imbalance-as-a-risk-factor-for-adjacent-segment-disease-after-single-segment-posterior-lumbar-interbody-fusion
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Tomiya Matsumoto, Shinya Okuda, Takafumi Maeno, Tomoya Yamashita, Ryoji Yamasaki, Tsuyoshi Sugiura, Motoki Iwasaki
OBJECTIVE The importance of spinopelvic balance and its implications for clinical outcomes after spinal arthrodesis has been reported in recent studies. However, little is known about the relationship between adjacent-segment disease (ASD) after lumbar arthrodesis and spinopelvic alignment. The purpose of this study was to clarify the relationship between spinopelvic radiographic parameters and symptomatic ASD after L4-5 single-level posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF). METHODS This was a retrospective 1:5 matched case-control study...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052499/ecosystem-carbon-density-and-allocation-across-a-chronosequence-of-longleaf-pine-forests
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Lisa J Samuelson, Thomas A Stokes, John R Butnor, Kurt H Johnsen, Carlos A Gonzalez-Benecke, Timothy A Martin, Wendell P Cropper, Pete H Anderson, Michael R Ramirez, John C Lewis
Forests can partially offset greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to climate change mitigation, mainly through increases in live biomass. We quantified carbon (C) density in 20 managed longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) forests ranging in age from 5 to 118 years located across the southeastern United States and estimated above- and belowground C trajectories. Ecosystem C stock (all pools including soil C) and aboveground live tree C increased nonlinearly with stand age and the modeled asymptotic maxima were 168 Mg C/ha and 80 Mg C/ha, respectively...
January 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050925/bone-mineral-density-balance-performance-balance-self-efficacy-and-falls-in-breast-cancer-survivors-with-and-without-qigong-training
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Shirley S M Fong, Anna W M Choi, W S Luk, Timothy T T Yam, Joyce C Y Leung, Joanne W Y Chung
PURPOSE: A deterioration in bone strength and balance performance after breast cancer treatment can result in injurious falls. Therefore, interventions need to be developed to improve the bone strength and balance ability of breast cancer survivors. This cross-sectional exploratory study aimed to compare the bone mineral density (BMD), balance performance, balance self-efficacy, and number of falls between breast cancer survivors who practiced qigong, breast cancer survivors who did not practice qigong, and healthy individuals...
December 1, 2016: Integrative Cancer Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044398/examining-the-validity-and-sensitivity-to-change-of-the-5-and-10-sit-to-stand-tests-in-people-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Ylva Nilsagård, Malin Andreasson, Anna Carling, Helena Vesterlin
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Sit-to-stand transfers are frequently performed, and transfers have been associated with fall risk among people with multiple sclerosis (PwMS). There is limited research regarding the validity of sit-to-stand tests (STSs) in PwMS. The purpose of this study was to investigate the concurrent, divergent, and discriminant validity and sensitivity to change of the 5 and 10 STSs. METHODS: A repeated-measurement design was used, with data collected before and directly after a 7-week intervention, as well as prospectively reported near-fall incidents and falls during a 14-week period...
January 3, 2017: Physiotherapy Research International: the Journal for Researchers and Clinicians in Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043805/utility-of-sarc-f-for-assessing-physical-function-in-elderly-patients-with-cardiovascular-disease
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Shinya Tanaka, Kentaro Kamiya, Nobuaki Hamazaki, Ryota Matsuzawa, Kohei Nozaki, Emi Maekawa, Chiharu Noda, Minako Yamaoka-Tojo, Atsuhiko Matsunaga, Takashi Masuda, Junya Ako
OBJECTIVES: A simple and inexpensive tool for screening of sarcopenia would be helpful for clinicians. The present study was performed to determine whether the SARC-F questionnaire is useful in screening of patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) for impaired physical function. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Single university hospital. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 235 Japanese patients ≥65 years old admitted to our hospital for CVD...
December 31, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038341/standing-balance-and-inter-limb-balance-asymmetry-at-one-year-post-primary-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-sex-differences-in-a-cohort-study-of-414-patients
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Ross A Clark, Stuart W Bell, Julian A Feller, Timothy S Whitehead, Kate E Webster
BACKGROUND: Static standing balance can be safely assessed early following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR), and deficits may have important implications for long-term outcomes. This study includes a large cohort of people post-ACLR and has the primary aim of establishing whether inter-limb and sex differences exist, with a secondary aim of assessing the association between static balance variables and other outcome measures. METHODS: A total of 414 patients with a primary ACLR performed a 30-s static single leg balance test...
December 16, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035656/the-internal-representation-of-head-orientation-differs-for-conscious-perception-and-balance-control
#18
Brian H Dalton, Brandon G Rasman, J Timothy Inglis, Jean-Sébastien Blouin
We tested perceived head-on-feet orientation and the direction of vestibular-evoked balance responses in passively- and actively-held head-turned postures The direction of vestibular-evoked balance responses was not aligned with perceived head-on-feet orientation while maintaining prolonged passively-held head-turned postures. Furthermore, static visual cues of head-on-feet orientation did not update the estimate of head posture for the balance controller A prolonged actively-held head-turned posture did not elicit a rotation in the direction of the vestibular-evoked balance response despite a significant rotation in perceived angular head posture It is proposed that conscious perception of head posture and the transformation of vestibular signals for standing balance relying on this head posture are not dependent on the same internal representation...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033698/balance-performance-of-deaf-children-with-and-without-cochlear-implants
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Amir-Abbas Ebrahimi, Guita Movallali, Ali-Ashraf Jamshidi, Hojjat Allah Haghgoo, Mehdi Rahgozar
 The aim of this study was to compare the static and dynamic balance performance of deaf children with and without cochlear implants. This is a cross-sectional study of 145 school children, aged between 7 and 12 years comprising 85 children with congenital or early acquired bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss (the hearing loss group) and 60 normal hearing aged-matched control counterparts were assessed using the balance subtest of Bruininks-Oseretsky test of Motor Proficiency (BOTMP). The hearing loss group, 50 without cochlear implants (the non-implant group) and 35 of them with unilateral cochlear implants (the implant group) were recruited from schools for the deaf and normal hearing children (the control group) randomly selected from two randomly selected elementary schools of Tehran city...
November 2016: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033487/balance-performance-during-perturbed-standing-is-not-associated-with-muscle-strength-and-power-in-young-adults
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Erika Zemková, Michal Jeleň, Zuzana Kováčiková, Peter Miklovič, Zdeněk Svoboda, Miroslav Janura
The authors investigate the ways in which varied postural responses to translating platform perturbations are associated with the variables of strength and power. Twenty-four physically active and 27 sedentary young adults were exposed to a set of postural perturbations at varied velocities (10 and 20 cm/s) and the respective accelerations (6.4 and 6.9 m/s(2)), constant distance (6 cm), and 4 directions of platform motion (forward, backward, left-lateral, and right-lateral). They also performed maximum voluntary isometric contraction (MVC) and chair rising/chair jumping tests...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Motor Behavior
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