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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471718/mechanical-power-thrust-power-and-propelling-efficiency-relationships-with-elite-sprint-swimming-performance
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Giorgio Gatta, Matteo Cortesi, Ian Swaine, Paola Zamparo
The purpose of this study was to explore the relationships between mechanical power, thrust power, propelling efficiency and sprint performance in elite swimmers. Mechanical power was measured in 12 elite sprint male swimmers: (1) in the laboratory, by using a whole-body swimming ergometer (W'TOT) and (2) in the pool, by measuring full tethered swimming force (FT) and maximal swimming velocity (Vmax): W'T = FT · Vmax. Propelling efficiency (ηP) was estimated based on the "paddle wheel model" at Vmax. Vmax was 2...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469741/biomechanical-differences-in-the-sprint-start-between-faster-and-slower-high-level-sprinters
#2
Milan Čoh, Stanislav Peharec, Petar Bačić, Krzyszfof Mackala
The purpose of this study was to examine the kinematic and kinetic differences of the sprint start and first two steps between faster and slower high-level sprinters. Twelve male sprinters were dichotomized according to personal best 60- and 100-m times. Each participant performed five starts under constant conditions. An eight-camera system was used for 3-D kinematic analysis. Dynamic forces at the start were determined with starting blocks mounted on bipedal force plates. Measures of front and rear block total force, front and rear block maximal force, time to front and rear block peak force, total force impulse, total horizontal and vertical impulse, front and rear block force impulse, time of block clearance, block leaving velocity and block leaving acceleration were collected...
February 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462572/kinematics-of-the-thorax-and-pelvis-during-accelerated-sprinting
#3
Ryu Nagahara, Takeo Matsubayashi, Akifumi Matsuo, Koji Zushi
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to describe changes in thoracic and pelvic movements during the acceleration phase of maximal sprinting, and to clarify which kinematic variable relates to better accelerated sprinting performance. METHODS: Twelve male sprinters performed 60-m sprints, during which three-dimensional step-to-step changes in thoracic and pelvic angles, as well as the trunk quasi-joint angle, were obtained throughout a 50-m distance. RESULTS: The patterns of thoracic and pelvic movements were maintained throughout the entire acceleration phase, although the phase profiles of the relative movements between the thorax and pelvis in three planes differed...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447185/maximum-rate-of-sweat-ions-reabsorption-during-exercise-with-regional-differences-sex-and-exercise-training
#4
Tatsuro Amano, Megumi Hirose, Kana Konishi, Nicola Gerrett, Hiroyuki Ueda, Narihiko Kondo, Yoshimitsu Inoue
PURPOSE: It is recently reported that determining sweat rate (SR) threshold for increasing galvanic skin conductance (GSC) would represent a maximum rate of sweat ion reabsorption in sweat glands. We evaluate the maximum rate of sweat ion reabsorption over skin regions, sex, and long-term exercise training by using the threshold analysis in the present study. METHODS: Ten males (2 untrained, 4 sprinters, and 4 distance runners) and 12 females (5 untrained, 4 sprinters, and 3 distance runners) conducted graded cycling exercise for 45 min at low, middle, and high exercise intensities (heart rate 100-110, 120-130, and 140-150 beats/min, respectively) for 10, 15, and 20 min, respectively, at 30 °C and 50% relative humidity...
April 26, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396485/alteration-of-swing-leg-work-and-power-during-human-accelerated-sprinting
#5
Ryu Nagahara, Takeo Matsubayashi, Akifumi Matsuo, Koji Zushi
This study investigated changes in lower-extremity joint work and power during the swing phase in a maximal accelerated sprinting. Twelve male sprinters performed 60 m maximal sprints while motion data was recorded. Lower-extremity joint work and power during the swing phase of each stride for both legs were calculated. Positive hip and negative knee work (≈4.3 and ≈-2.9 J kg(-1)) and mean power (≈13.4 and ≈-8.7 W kg(-1)) during the entire swing phase stabilized or decreased after the 26.2±1...
May 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385335/foot-structure-is-correlated-with-performance-in-a-single-joint-jumping-task
#6
Herman van Werkhoven, Stephen J Piazza
Variability in musculoskeletal structure has the potential to influence locomotor function. It has been shown, for example, that sprinters have smaller Achilles tendon moment arms and longer toes than non-sprinters, and toe length has been found to correlate with toe flexor work in running humans. These findings suggest that interindividual variation in human foot structure allows for function that is adapted to various motor tasks. The purpose of this study was to test for correlations between foot anthropometry and single-joint maximal-height jumping performance...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360121/prosthetic-model-but-not-stiffness-or-height-affects-the-metabolic-cost-of-running-for-athletes-with-unilateral-transtibial-amputations
#7
Owen N Beck, Paolo Taboga, Alena Marie Grabowski
Running-specific prostheses enable athletes with lower limb amputations to run by emulating the spring-like function of biological legs. Current prosthetic stiffness and height recommendations aim to mitigate kinematic asymmetries for athletes with unilateral transtibial amputations. However, it's unclear how different prosthetic configurations influence the biomechanics and metabolic costs of running. Consequently, we investigated how prosthetic model, stiffness, and height affect the biomechanics and metabolic costs of running...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355967/joint-power-generation-differentiates-young-and-adult-sprinters-during-the-transition-from-block-start-into-acceleration-a-cross-sectional-study
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Sofie Debaere, Benedicte Vanwanseele, Christophe Delecluse, Dirk Aerenhouts, Friso Hagman, Ilse Jonkers
The aim of this study was to investigate differences in joint power generation between well-trained adult athletes and young sprinters from block clearance to initial contact of second stance. Eleven under 16 (U16) and 18 under 18 (U18) promising sprinters executed an explosive start action. Fourteen well-trained adult sprinters completed the exact same protocol. All athletes were equipped with 74 spherical reflective markers, while an opto-electronic motion analysis system consisting of 12 infrared cameras (250 Hz, MX3, Vicon, Oxford Metrics, UK) and 2 Kistler force plates (1,000 Hz) was used to collect the three-dimensional marker trajectories and ground reaction forces (Nexus, Vicon)...
March 29, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344456/caffeine-ingestion-improves-repeated-freestyle-sprints-in-elite-male-swimmers
#9
Paul S R Goods, Grant Landers, Sacha Fulton
The purpose of this investigation was to determine the efficacy of a moderate dose of caffeine to improve repeat-sprint performance in elite freestyle sprinters. Nine highly trained male swimmers performed 6 x 75 m freestyle sprints on two occasions 1-h after consuming either 3 mg·kg(-1) caffeine (CAF), or placebo, in a cross-over manner. Capillary blood samples for the analysis of blood lactate concentration and pH were collected after the 1(st), 3(rd), and 5(th) sprint, while heart rate and perceived exertion (RPE) were collected after every sprint...
March 2017: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247444/velocity-specific-and-time-dependent-adaptations-following-a-standardised-nordic-hamstring-exercise-training
#10
Tobias Alt, Yannick T Nodler, Jannik Severin, Axel J Knicker, Heiko K Strüder
The Nordic Hamstring Exercise (NHE) is effective for selective hamstring strengthening to improve muscle balance between knee flexors and extensors. The purpose of this study (within subject design of repeated measures) was to determine the effects of a standardised 4-week NHE training on thigh strength and balance with concomitant kinetic and kinematic monitoring. Sixteen male sprinters (22 years, 181 cm, 76 kg) performed a standardised 4-week NHE training consisting of three sessions per week (each 3 x 3 repetitions)...
March 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210652/prevention-of-hamstring-injuries-in-collegiate-sprinters
#11
Yusaku Sugiura, Kazuhiko Sakuma, Keishoku Sakuraba, Yamato Sato
BACKGROUND: No studies have been reported on how strength, agility, and flexibility training reduce the occurrence of hamstring injuries in sprinters. Therefore, a program for preventing hamstring injury in these athletes has not been established. PURPOSE: To document the incidence of hamstring injuries during times when different prevention strategies were employed to see whether a particular prevention program reduced their occurrence. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive epidemiology study...
January 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207966/relationship-between-the-length-of-the-forefoot-bones-and-performance-in-male-sprinters
#12
Takahiro Tanaka, Tadashi Suga, Mitsuo Ohtsuka, Jun Misaki, Yuto Miyake, Shoma Kudo, Akinori Nagano, Tadao Isaka
Although recent studies have reported that the forefoot bones are longer in sprinters than in non-sprinters, these reports included a relatively small number of subjects. Moreover, while computer simulation suggested that longer forefoot bones may contribute to higher sprint performance by enhancing plantar flexor moment during sprinting, the correlation between forefoot bone length and sprint performance in humans has not been confirmed in observational studies. Thus, using a relatively large sample, we compared the length of the forefoot bones between sprinters and non-sprinters...
February 16, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188370/the-knee-extensor-moment-arm-is-associated-with-performance-in-male-sprinters
#13
Yuto Miyake, Tadashi Suga, Mitsuo Otsuka, Takahiro Tanaka, Jun Misaki, Shoma Kudo, Akinori Nagano, Tadao Isaka
PURPOSE: Although large knee extensor torque contributes to superior sprint performance, previous findings have indicated that the quadriceps cross-sectional area (CSA), a pivotal morphological regulator of knee extensor torque, is not correlated with performance in sprinters. We hypothesized that the knee extensor moment arm (MA), another main morphological regulator of knee extensor torque, may affect sprint performance. To test this hypothesis, we examined the relationship between knee extensor MA and sprint performance...
March 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182969/experience-level-influences-the-effect-of-attentional-focus-on-sprint-performance
#14
Nicklaas C Winkelman, Kenneth P Clark, Larry J Ryan
Two experiments evaluated the influence of attentional focus on 10-meter sprint time and start kinetics in a group of collegiate soccer players and highly experienced sprinters. In Experiment 1, the collegiate soccer players were asked to perform 10-meter sprints under an external focus condition, an internal focus condition and a control condition. For the 10-meter sprint time, the results showed that both the external focus and control conditions resulted in significantly faster sprint times than the internal focus condition...
April 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149523/differences-in-life-expectancy-between-olympic-high-jumpers-discus-throwers-marathon-and-100-meter-runners
#15
Jeffrey Lee-Heidenreich, David Lee-Heidenreich, Jonathan Myers
BACKGROUND: Several studies have demonstrated that body habitus is associated with survival (life expectancy) time. We sought to determine if survival differed between elite athletes with a range of body types. We hypothesized that the survival would differ between athlete types and that ectomorph athletes would have longer survival than heavier athletes. METHODS: For each Olympics between 1928 and 1948 we identified the top (up to 20) Olympic male and female finishers in the high jump (HJ), discus throw, marathon, and 100-m run...
2017: BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127562/declining-physical-performance-associates-with-serum-fasl-mir-21-and-mir-146a-in-aging-sprinters
#16
Reeta Kangas, Timo Törmäkangas, Ari Heinonen, Markku Alen, Harri Suominen, Vuokko Kovanen, Eija K Laakkonen, Marko T Korhonen
Aging is associated with systemic inflammation and cellular apoptosis accelerating physiological dysfunctions. Whether physically active way of life affects these associations is unclear. This study measured the levels of serum inflammatory and apoptotic molecules, their change over 10 years, and their associations with physical performance in sprint-trained male athletes. HsCRP, cell counts, HGB, FasL, miR-21, and miR-146a were measured cross-sectionally (n = 67, 18-90 yrs) and serum FasL, miR-21, and miR-146a and their aging-related associations with physical performance were assessed over a 10-year follow-up (n = 49, 50-90 yrs)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111069/mechanical-characterization-and-comparison-of-energy-storage-and-return-prostheses
#17
Stacey M Rigney, Anne Simmons, Lauren Kark
The suitability of finite element analysis (FEA) for standardizing the mechanical characterization of energy storage and return (ESAR) prostheses was investigated. A methodology consisting of both experimental and numerical analysis was proposed and trialed for the Vari-flex(®) Modular(TM), Flex-foot Cheetah and Cheetah Xtreme by Össur(®) and a 1E90 Sprinter by Ottobock(®). Gait analysis was conducted to determine suitable orientation angles for non-destructive testing (NDT) of the ESAR prostheses followed by a quasi-static inverse FEA procedure within COMSOL Multiphysics(®), where the NDT conditions were replicated to determine the homogenized material properties of the prostheses...
January 20, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104752/reduced-prosthetic-stiffness-lowers-the-metabolic-cost-of-running-for-athletes-with-bilateral-transtibial-amputations
#18
Owen N Beck, Paolo Taboga, Alena Marie Grabowski
Inspired by the spring-like action of biological legs, running-specific prostheses are designed to enable athletes with lower-limb amputations to run. Yet, manufacturer recommendations for prosthetic stiffness and height may not optimize running performance. Therefore, we investigated the effects of using different prosthetic configurations on the metabolic cost and biomechanics of running. Five athletes with bilateral transtibial amputations each performed fifteen trials on a force-measuring treadmill at 2...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094681/relationship-between-body-height-and-spatiotemporal-parameters-during-a-100-m-sprint-in-able-bodied-and-unilateral-transtibial-sprinters
#19
Hiroaki Hobara, Wolfgang Potthast, Ralf Müller, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Satoru Hashizume, Thijs A Herdoorn, Masaaki Mochimaru
BACKGROUND: Although anthropometric factors could influence sprint performance in able-bodied sprinters, little is known about the relationships between these anthropometric factors and sprint performance in amputee sprinters. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the relationships between body height and spatiotemporal parameters of 100-m sprints in unilateral transtibial amputee and able-bodied sprinters. STUDY DESIGN: This is a cross-sectional study...
January 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051333/optimal-loading-for-maximising-power-during-sled-resisted-sprinting
#20
Matt R Cross, Matt Brughelli, Pierre Samozino, Scott R Brown, Jean-Benoit Morin
Purpose We sought to ascertain whether force-velocity-power relationships could be compiled from a battery of sled-resisted over-ground sprints, and to clarify and compare the optimal loading conditions for maximising power production for different athlete cohorts. Methods Recreational mixed-sport athletes (n=12) and sprinters (n=15) performed multiple trials of maximal sprints unloaded and towing a selection of sled masses (20-120% body-mass). Velocity data were collected by sports radar, and kinetics at peak velocity were quantified using friction coefficients and aerodynamic drag...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
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