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E K Greska, N Cortes, S I Ringleb, J A Onate, B L Van Lunen
Previous studies have shown conflicting information regarding leg dominance as an etiological factor for the risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. It remains unclear if lower extremity neuromechanical limb asymmetries exist in experienced athletes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate lower extremity neuromechanical effects of leg dominance in female collegiate soccer athletes during an unanticipated side-step cutting task. Twenty female collegiate soccer players completed an unanticipated side-step cutting task, using their dominant and non-dominant legs...
October 17, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
Naruto Yoshida, Shun Kunugi, Sonoko Mashimo, Yoshihiro Okuma, Akihiko Masunari, Shogo Miyazaki, Tatsuya Hisajima, Shumpei Miyakawa
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of different strike forms, during cutting, on knee joint angle and lower limb muscle activity. METHODS: Surface electromyography was used to measure muscle activity in individuals performing cutting manoeuvres involving either rearfoot strikes (RFS) or forefoot strikes (FFS). Three-dimensional motion analysis was used to calculate changes in knee angles, during cutting, and to determine the relationship between muscle activity and knee joint angle...
December 2016: Sports Medicine—Open
Jeong-Ku Ha, Dhong-Won Lee, Jin-Goo Kim
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have elucidated the functional anatomy and biomechanics of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), as a result, double-bundle (DB) ACL reconstruction has received much attention and has become a popular choice because it gives better rotational stability. Many other studies, however, found no differences with respect to stability, and/or other clinical outcomes between the DB and single-bundle (SB) techniques. There is still not enough evidence as to whether the anatomical DB anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) is superior to anatomical SB reconstruction...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
Julia R Dahlqvist, Christoffer R Vissing, Gitte Hedermann, Carsten Thomsen, John Vissing
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the age-related changes in fatty replacement and cross sectional area (CSA) of cervical, thoracic and lumbar paraspinal muscles vs. leg muscles in healthy adults, and to test for association between muscle fat fraction and lifestyle factors. METHODS: Fifty-three healthy adults (24-76 years) were included. Dixon MRI technique was used to determine CSA and quantify fat fraction of paraspinal and leg muscles. Muscle CSA and fat fractions were tested for association with age and muscle strength...
October 13, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Wouter J Harmsen, Gerard M Ribbers, Bart Zegers, Emiel M Sneekes, Stephan F E Praet, Majanka H Heijenbrok-Kal, Ladbon Khajeh, Fop van Kooten, Sebastiaan J C M M Neggers, Rita J van den Berg-Emons
Patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (a-SAH) show long-term fatigue and face difficulties in resuming daily physical activities. Impaired muscle strength, especially of the lower extremity, impacts the performance of daily activities and may trigger the onset of fatigue complaints. The present study evaluated knee muscle strength and fatigue in patients with a-SAH. This study included 33 patients, 6 months after a-SAH, and 33 sex-matched and age-matched healthy controls. Isokinetic muscle strength of the knee extensors and flexors was measured at 60 and 180°/s...
October 12, 2016: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
Ross A Bogey, Lee A Barnes
The force of a single muscle is not directly measurable without invasive methods. Yet invasive techniques are not appropriate for clinical use, thus a non-invasive technique that combined the electromyographic (EMG) signal and a neuromuscular model was developed to determine in vivo active muscle forces at the hip. The EMG-to-force processing (EFP) model included active and passive moment components, and the net EFP moment was compared with the hip moment obtained with standard inverse dynamics techniques ("gold standard")...
October 12, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
Brad Fenter, Thomas S Marzilli, Yong T Wang, Xuanliang N Dong
The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of a three-set tennis match on knee kinematics and leg muscle activation during the tennis serve in a real-time environment. Motion capture data and wireless electromyography of hamstrings and quadriceps muscles were collected from the back leg during the serve. A reduction of maximum knee flexion angle and a decrease of electromyography amplitudes in leg muscles were observed during the match. However, the knee angular velocity and the electromyography frequency of leg muscles remain unchanged throughout the match...
October 12, 2016: Perceptual and Motor Skills
Mariano Serrao, Martina Rinaldi, Alberto Ranavolo, Francesco Lacquaniti, Giovanni Martino, Luca Leonardi, Carmela Conte, Tiwana Varrecchia, Francesco Draicchio, Gianluca Coppola, Carlo Casali, Francesco Pierelli
BACKGROUND: Spastic gait is a key feature in patients with hereditary spastic paraparesis, but the gait characterization and the relationship between the gait impairment and clinical characteristics have not been investigated. OBJECTIVES: To describe the gait patterns in hereditary spastic paraparesis and to identify subgroups of patients according to specific kinematic features of walking. METHODS: We evaluated fifty patients by computerized gait analysis and compared them to healthy participants...
2016: PloS One
Jernej Čamernik, Zrinka Potocanac, Luka Peternel, Jan Babič
When balance is exposed to perturbations, hand contacts are often used to assist postural control. We investigated the immediate and the transitionary effects of supportive hand contacts during continuous anteroposterior perturbations of stance by automated waist-pulls. Ten young adults were perturbed for 5 min and required to maintain balance by holding to a stationary, shoulder-high handle and following its removal. Center of pressure (COP) displacement, hip, knee and ankle angles, leg and trunk muscle activity and handle contact forces were acquired...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Eric A Kirk, Colin W Moore, Eric J Chater-Diehl, Shiva M Singh, Charles L Rice
PURPOSE: Polymorphisms of the collagen type V alpha 1 chain (COL5A1) gene are purported to influence mechanical properties of collagenous tissues. Our purpose was to assess musculo-tendinous contractile properties of the quadriceps in relation to the genetic influence of mechanical stiffness.. METHODS: Eighty, recreationally active males (ages 19-31 y) were assessed for the presence of three genetic polymorphisms associated with COL5A1 stability (rs4919510, rs1536482 and rs12722)...
September 26, 2016: Experimental Physiology
Ye Ding, Fausto A Panizzolo, Christopher Siviy, Philippe Malcolm, Ignacio Galiana, Kenneth G Holt, Conor J Walsh
BACKGROUND: Recent advances in wearable robotic devices have demonstrated the ability to reduce the metabolic cost of walking by assisting the ankle joint. To achieve greater gains in the future it will be important to determine optimal actuation parameters and explore the effect of assisting other joints. The aim of the present work is to investigate how the timing of hip extension assistance affects the positive mechanical power delivered by an exosuit and its effect on biological joint power and metabolic cost during loaded walking...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
Bente Rona Jensen, Jesper Sandfeld, Pia Sandfeld Melcher, Katrine Lyders Johansen, Peter Hendriksen, Birgit Juul-Kristensen
BACKGROUND: Generalized Joint Hypermobility (GJH) is associated with increased risk of musculoskeletal joint pain. We investigated neuromuscular performance and muscle activation strategy. METHODS: Girls with GJH and non-GJH (NGJH) performed isometric knee flexions (90°,110°,130°), and extensions (90°) at 20 % Maximum Voluntary Contraction, and explosive isometric knee flexions while sitting. EMG was recorded from knee flexor and extensor muscles. RESULTS: Early rate of torque development was 53 % faster for GJH...
October 3, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Chris Tijs, Jaap H van Dieën, Guus C Baan, Huub Maas
Force transmission between rat ankle plantar-flexors has been found for physiological muscle lengths and relative positions, but only with all muscles maximally activated. The aims of this study were to assess intermuscular mechanical interactions between ankle plantar-flexors during (i) fully passive conditions, (ii) excitation of soleus (SO), (iii) excitation of lateral gastrocnemius (LG), and (iv) during co-activation of SO, and LG (SO&LG). We assessed effects of proximal lengthening of LG and plantaris (PL) muscles (i...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Alexander Tallner, René Streber, Christian Hentschke, Marc Morgott, Wolfgang Geidl, Mathias Mäurer, Klaus Pfeifer
Physical exercise is effective in improving functional outcomes in persons with multiple sclerosis (pwMS). We evaluated the feasibility and effectiveness of internet-based exercise training (e-training) for pwMS on health-related quality of life (HrQoL). Secondary outcomes were muscle strength, aerobic capacity, lung function, physical activity, and fatigue. This is a randomised, controlled trial with a wait-list control group. Data were collected at baseline, after three and six months, and analysed using a hybrid linear model...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Gabriel Andrade Paz, Jason DeFreitas, Marianna de Freitas Maia, Jurandir Silva, Vicente Lima, Humberto Miranda
STUDY DESIGN: Crossover design. CONTEXT: Excessive valgus and varus force which affected the knee joint during dynamic tasks has been often associated to lower extremity injuries. Strategies to increase the resistance against these asymmetries, such as, the use of a physioball between the knees or elastic bands around the knees are often applied in rehabilitation and conditioning programs. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of performing leg press (LP) 45° using a physioball and elastic band over multiple sets with submaximal loads on electromyographic (EMG) amplitude and fatigue indices...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
Cynthia Gobbi Alves Araújo, Christiane de Souza Guerino Macedo, Daiene Ferreira, Leonardo Shigaki, Rubens A da Silva
: The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of patellar taping on muscle activation of the knee and hip muscles in women with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome during five proprioceptive exercises. Forty sedentary women with syndrome were randomly allocated in two groups: Patellar Taping (based in McConnell) and Placebo (vertical taping on patella without any stretching of lateral structures of the knee). Volunteers performed five proprioceptive exercises randomly: Swing apparatus, Mini-trampoline, Bosu balance ball, Anteroposterior sway on a rectangular board and Mediolateral sway on a rectangular board...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Brian Horsak, Marion Kiener, Andreas Pötzelsberger, Tarique Siragy
OBJECTIVES: Push-up plus variations are commonly prescribed to clients during shoulder rehabilitation. The purpose of this study was to compare electromyographic (EMG) activities of the serratus anterior (SA), upper (UT), and lower trapezius (LT) during a knee push-up plus and knee-plus exercise performed on various surfaces. STUDY DESIGN: Within-subjects Repeated-Measure Design. PARTICIPANTS: 19 healthy, young female participants performed both exercises on a stable and unstable surface and during sling-suspension...
August 5, 2016: Physical Therapy in Sport
Anne Deisenroth, Regine Söntgerath, Anne Judith Schuster, Christine von Busch, Gerhard Huber, Katharina Eckert, Andreas E Kulozik, Joachim Wiskemann
Cancer- and treatment-related side effects in patients with childhood cancer may cause limitations in motor performance affecting activities of daily living (ADLs). Data focusing on long-term effects are available, but little is known with regard to the short-term perspective. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to assess muscle strength performance and quality of life (QoL) in children and adolescents with cancer at the beginning of primary treatment. Forty children and adolescents aged 5-18 years (mean: 11...
October 3, 2016: Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Kyosuke Goto, Takashi Morishita, Satoshi Kamada, Kazuya Saita, Hiroyuki Fukuda, Etsuji Shiota, Yoshiyuki Sankai, Tooru Inoue
We aimed to evaluate the feasibility of robot-assisted rehabilitation in an early postoperative setting to improve knee mobility following total knee arthroplasty (TKA). A total of 20 patients were alternatively assigned to robotassisted rehabilitation (n = 10; all women) or a control group (n = 10; 2 men and 8 women). The use of a single-joint hybrid assistive limb (HAL-SJ) in active assistive knee exercise was performed for the robot-assisted rehabilitation group while the control patients underwent conventional active assistive knee exercise...
August 10, 2016: Assistive Technology: the Official Journal of RESNA
Qiaodan Ji, Hongchen He, Chi Zhang, Chunlan Lu, Yu Zheng, Xiao Tian Luo, Chengqi He
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effects of whole-body vibration on neuromuscular performance in people with spinal cord injury and evaluate the safe and effective vibration protocols. METHODS: PubMed, EMBASE, CINAHL and PEDro were mainly searched for English literatures. Other data sources were, Current Controlled Trials and reference lists of all relevant articles. The PEDro scale was used to evaluate the methodological quality, and the Oxford Centre for Evidence-based Medicine level of evidence was used to assess the level of evidence...
September 29, 2016: Clinical Rehabilitation
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