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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453398/assessment-of-passive-drag-in-swimming-by-numerical-simulation-and-analytical-procedure
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Tiago M Barbosa, Rui Ramos, António J Silva, Daniel A Marinho
The aim was to compare the passive drag-gliding underwater by a numerical simulation and an analytical procedure. An Olympic swimmer was scanned by computer tomography and modelled gliding at a 0.75-m depth in the streamlined position. Steady-state computer fluid dynamics (CFD) analyses were performed on Fluent. A set of analytical procedures was selected concurrently. Friction drag (Df), pressure drag (Dpr), total passive drag force (Df+pr) and drag coefficient (CD) were computed between 1.3 and 2.5 m · s(-1) by both techniques...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441606/growth-inhibition-and-antibiofilm-potential-of-ag-nanoparticles-coated-with-lectin-an-arthropod-immune-molecule
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Sangily Jayanthi, Sathappan Shanthi, Baskaralingam Vaseeharan, Narayanan Gopi, Marimuthu Govindarajan, Naiyf S Alharbi, Shine Kadaikunnan, Jamal M Khaled, Giovanni Benelli
Lectins from the haemolymph of arthropods, including crustaceans, are molecules potentially involved in the immune recognition and phagocytosis. Here, lectin was purified from the haemolymph of blue swimmer crab Portunus pelagicus, using mannose-coupled sepharose CL-4B affinity column chromatography. In SDS-PAGE analysis, lectin showed a molecular mass of approximately 155kDa. The synthesis of lectin-coated silver nanoparticles (lectin-coated AgNPs) was confirmed by UV-Vis spectroscopy, XRD, FTIR, SEM, TEM, SAED, and EDX analysis...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426514/comparison-of-the-hang-high-pull-and-loaded-jump-squat-for-the-development-of-vertical-jump-and-isometric-force-time-characteristics
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Dustin J Oranchuk, Tracey L Robinson, Zachary J Switaj, Eric J Drinkwater
Weightlifting movements have high skill demands and require expert coaching. Loaded jumps have a comparably lower skill demand, but may be similarly effective for improving explosive performance. The purpose of this study was to compare vertical jump performance, isometric force, and rate of force development (RFD) following a ten-week intervention employing the hang high-pull (hang-pull) or trap-bar jump squat (jump-squat). Eighteen NCAA Division II swimmers (8 males, 10 females) with at least one year of resistance training experience volunteered to participate...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424217/use-of-life-jackets-and-other-types-of-flotation-for-in-water-recreation-in-designated-swim-areas-in-washington-state
#4
Linda Quan, Thomas Mangione, Elizabeth Bennett, Wendy Chow
Most fatal drownings worldwide occur in open water. Flotation devices may protect swimmers. Their use by those recreating in water has not been described. METHODS: Observational survey of swimmers and waders at designated swim sites at lakes and rivers evaluated them by age group, sex, type of flotation used (life jacket vs substandard flotation, eg, water wings, noodles, inflatables) and, for children <6 years, being within arm's reach of an adult. RESULTS: Of 1967 swimmers/waders observed, 37% used some type of flotation device...
April 19, 2017: Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421859/water-sensation-during-passive-propulsion-for-expert-and-nonexpert-swimmers
#5
Kenta Kusanagi, Daisuke Sato, Yasuhiro Hashimoto, Norimasa Yamada
This study determined whether expert swimmers, compared with nonexperts, have superior movement perception and physical sensations of propulsion in water. Expert (national level competitors, n = 10) and nonexpert (able to swim 50 m in > 3 styles, n = 10) swimmers estimated the distance propelled in water with their eyes closed. Both groups indicated their subjective physical sensations in the water. For each of two trials, two-dimensional coordinates were obtained from video recordings using the two-dimensional direct linear transformation method for calculating changes in speed...
January 1, 2017: Perceptual and Motor Skills
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416896/actn3-r577x-genotype-and-performance-of-elite-middle-long-distance-swimmers-in-china
#6
Y C Li, L Q Wang, L Y Yi, J H Liu, Y Hu, Y F Lu, M Wang
The ACTN3 gene is one of the genes that have a potential influence on physical performance. Studies have shown that the 577R genotype of ACTN3 is more prevalent in sprint athletes, while the 577X genotype is more prevalent in endurance athletes. In swimming, both power and endurance related phenotypes are equally needed for swimmers to excel at the elite level. Therefore, the ACTN3 R577X polymorphism may become a genetic marker for swimmers. The study aimed to examine the association of the ACTN3 R577X genotype with the performance of elite middle-long distance (MLD) swimmers...
March 2017: Biology of Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416353/eating-disorders-and-weight-control-behaviors-change-over-a-collegiate-sport-season
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Alexandra Thompson, Trent Petrie, Carlin Anderson
OBJECTIVES: Determine whether the prevalence of eating disorder classifications (i.e., clinical eating disorder, subclinical eating disorder, and asymptomatic) and pathogenic weight control behaviors (e.g., bingeing, vomiting) change over a five-month sport season. DESIGN: Longitudinal study. METHODS: Female collegiate gymnasts and swimmers (N=325) completed the Questionnaire for Eating Disorder Diagnoses as well as six items from the Bulimia Test-Revised at Time 1 (two weeks into the beginning of their athletic season) and Time 2 (final two weeks of the athletic season); data collections were separated by five months...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415282/traction-reveals-mechanisms-of-wall-effects-for-microswimmers-near-boundaries
#8
Xinhui Shen, Marcos, Henry C Fu
The influence of a plane boundary on low-Reynolds-number swimmers has frequently been studied using image systems for flow singularities. However, the boundary effect can also be expressed using a boundary integral representation over the traction on the boundary. We show that examining the traction pattern on the boundary caused by a swimmer can yield physical insights into determining when far-field multipole models are accurate. We investigate the swimming velocities and the traction of a three-sphere swimmer initially placed parallel to an infinite planar wall...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415213/non-gaussian-limit-fluctuations-in-active-swimmer-suspensions
#9
Takashi Kurihara, Msato Aridome, Heev Ayade, Irwin Zaid, Daisuke Mizuno
We investigate the hydrodynamic fluctuations in suspensions of swimming microorganisms (Chlamydomonas) by observing the probe particles dispersed in the media. Short-term fluctuations of probe particles were superdiffusive and displayed heavily tailed non-Gaussian distributions. The analytical theory that explains the observed distribution was derived by summing the power-law-decaying hydrodynamic interactions from spatially distributed field sources (here, swimming microorganisms). The summing procedure, which we refer to as the physical limit operation, is applicable to a variety of physical fluctuations to which the classical central limiting theory does not apply...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411930/marine-envenomation
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REVIEW
Kirsten B Hornbeak, Paul S Auerbach
Venomous aquatic animals are hazardous to swimmers, surfers, divers, and fishermen. Exposures include mild stings, bites, abrasions, and lacerations. Severe envenomations can be life threatening. This article reviews common marine envenomations, exploring causative species, clinical presentation, and current treatment recommendations. Recommendations are included for cnidaria, sponges, bristle worms, crown-of-thorns starfish, sea urchins, venomous fish, stingrays, cone snails, stonefish, blue-ringed octopus, and sea snakes...
May 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397936/swimming-with-a-cage-low-reynolds-number-locomotion-inside-a-droplet
#11
Shang Yik Reigh, Lailai Zhu, François Gallaire, Eric Lauga
Inspired by recent experiments using synthetic microswimmers to manipulate droplets, we investigate the low-Reynolds-number locomotion of a model swimmer (a spherical squirmer) encapsulated inside a droplet of a comparable size in another viscous fluid. Meditated solely by hydrodynamic interactions, the encaged swimmer is seen to be able to propel the droplet, and in some situations both remain in a stable co-swimming state. The problem is tackled using both an exact analytical theory and a numerical implementation based on a boundary element method, with a particular focus on the kinematics of the co-moving swimmer and the droplet in a concentric configuration, and we obtain excellent quantitative agreement between the two...
April 11, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395386/-effects-of-core-stability-training-on-masters-swimmers
#12
Margarete Esser
Background Back pain is a frequent problem for swimmers, especially for Masters swimmers. The cause seems to be insufficient core stability. Objective The goal of this study is to investigate whether specific core musculature training has a positive influence on low back pain and swimmers' perceived performance. Method Two groups (Masters swimmers and a control group) performed a guided 8-week training program. Changes in the core musculature were documented via tests carried out before and after the training program...
April 10, 2017: Sportverletzung Sportschaden: Organ der Gesellschaft Für Orthopädisch-Traumatologische Sportmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394711/swimming-and-peak-bone-mineral-density-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Alejandro Gomez-Bruton, Jesús Montero-Marín, Alejandro González-Agüero, Alba Gómez-Cabello, Javier García-Campayo, Luis A Moreno, Jose A Casajús, Germán Vicente-Rodríguez
This meta-analysis aims to determine the effects of regular swimming on bone mineral density (BMD) in young adults (18-30 years). A systematic search was performed in Pubmed, SPORTDiscus and the Cochrane Library from the earliest possible year to March 2016. Swimmers were compared to non-athletic controls (CG) and to high-impact athletes (HIGH). Effect sizes with the Hedges g in random effects models were developed. Fourteen studies met the inclusion criteria and were included in the meta-analyses. Swimmers presented similar BMD values to CG in whole-body (g = -0...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369101/risk-factors-for-gastroenteritis-associated-with-canal-swimming-in-two-cities-in-the-netherlands-during-the-summer-of-2015-a-prospective-study
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Rosa Joosten, Gerard Sonder, Saara Parkkali, Diederik Brandwagt, Ewout Fanoy, Lapo Mughini-Gras, Willemijn Lodder, Erik Ruland, Evelien Siedenburg, Suzanne Kliffen, Wilfrid van Pelt
Urban canal swimming events are popular in the Netherlands. In 2015, two city canal swimming events took place, in Utrecht (Utrecht Singel Swim, USS) and in Amsterdam (Amsterdam City Swim, ACS). This prospective study characterizes the health risks associated with swimming in urban waters. Online questionnaires were sent to 160 (USS) and 2,692 (ACS) participants, with relatives of participants who did not swim completing the questionnaire as a control. Swimming water specimens and stool specimens of diarrheic participants in the ACS group were analysed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368213/association-between-comt-val158met-polymorphism-and-competition-results-of-competitive-swimmers
#15
Daisuke Abe, Hirokazu Doi, Taishi Asai, Mayuko Kimura, Tadashi Wada, Yuusuke Takahashi, Takaaki Matsumoto, Kazuyuki Shinohara
Recent studies have shown the contribution of genetic determinants to athletes' physical ability. However, despite the fact that cognitive abilities like self-control and stress-tolerance influence athletes' competitive performance, few studies to date have investigated the association between genetic polymorphism, which is linked to cognitive ability and athletic performance. The present study investigated the link between single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), which are known to exert influences on dopaminergic neural function and competitive performance of swimmers...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362836/numerical-study-on-the-hydrodynamics-of-thunniform-bio-inspired-swimming-under-self-propulsion
#16
Ningyu Li, Huanxing Liu, Yumin Su
Numerical simulations are employed to study the hydrodynamics of self-propelled thunniform swimming. The swimmer is modeled as a tuna-like flexible body undulating with kinematics of thunniform type. The wake evolution follows the vortex structures arranged nearly vertical to the forward direction, vortex dipole formation resulting in the propulsion motion, and finally a reverse Kármán vortex street. We also carry out a systematic parametric study of various aspects of the fluid dynamics behind the freely swimming behavior, including the swimming speed, hydrodynamic forces, power requirement and wake vortices...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362631/the-undulatory-swimming-gait-of-elongated-swimmers-revisited
#17
Gil Iosilevskii
An undulatory swimming gait is characterized by short lateral displacement waves that propagate backwards along the body of the swimmer faster than it swims. Hydrodynamic theory of elongated bodies predicts that if the amplitude of the displacement waves does not increase toward the caudal end, the part of the swimmer posteriad of the dorso-ventrally widest point takes no part in propulsion. It also predicts that if the amplitude does increase, then the hydrodynamic propulsion efficiency suffers. Cusk eels have their widest point located in the anterior half of the body with the bulk of their locomotive muscles located posteriad of it; indeed, they swim so that the amplitude of the propulsion wave increases toward the caudal end...
March 31, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357831/mermaid-health-identifying-health-issues-related-to-mermaiding
#18
Matthieu J Guitton
BACKGROUND: Mermaiding - swimming with a leg-covering monofin mimicking the tail of a mermaid - is an emerging aquatic activity, which has gained a marked popularity over the last few years. However, no study so far has documented the potential health issues or risks of injuries related to this practice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study surveyed professional mermaids cumulating an estimated total of 19,147 h of in-water mermaiding, regarding their health issues and injuries...
2017: International Maritime Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357819/a-comparative-evaluation-of-two-decompression-procedures-for-technical-diving-using-inflammatory-responses-compartmental-versus-ratio-deco
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Enzo Spisni, Claudio Marabotti, Luigia De Fazio, Maria Chiara Valerii, Elena Cavazza, Stefano Brambilla, Klarida Hoxha, Antonio L'Abbate, Pasquale Longobardi
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to compare two decompression procedures commonly adopted by technical divers: the ZH-L16 algorithm modified by 30/85 gradient factors (compartmental decompression model, CDM) versus the 'ratio decompression strategy' (RDS). The comparison was based on an analysis of changes in diver circulating inflammatory profiles caused by decompression from a single dive. METHODS: Fifty-one technical divers performed a single trimix dive to 50 metres' sea water (msw) for 25 minutes followed by enriched air (EAN50) and oxygen decompression...
March 2017: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355166/synchronisation-through-learning-for-two-self-propelled-swimmers
#20
Guido Novati, Siddhartha Verma, Dmitry Alexeev, Diego Rossinelli, Wim M van Rees, Petros Koumoutsakos
The coordinated motion by multiple swimmers is a fundamental component in fish schooling. The flow field induced by the motion of each self-propelled swimmer implies non-linear hydrodynamic interactions among the members of a group. How do swimmers compensate for such hydrodynamic interactions in coordinated patterns? We provide an answer to this riddle though simulations of two, self-propelled, fish-like bodies that employ a learning algorithm to synchronise their swimming patterns. We distinguish between learned motion patterns and the commonly used a-priori specified movements, that are imposed on the swimmers without feedback from their hydrodynamic interactions...
March 29, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
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