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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530461/increase-in-leg-stiffness-reduces-joint-work-during-backpack-carriage-running-at-slow-velocities
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Bernard Liew, Kevin Netto, Susan Morris
Optimal tuning of leg stiffness has been associated with better running economy. Running with load is energetically expensive, which could have a significant impact on athletic performance where backpack carriage is involved. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of load magnitude and velocity on leg stiffness. We also explored the relationship between leg stiffness and running joint work. Thirty-one healthy participants ran overground at three velocities (3.0, 4.0, 5.0 m.s(-1)), whilst carrying three load magnitude (0%, 10%, 20% weight)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524066/a-flight-phase-terrain-following-control-strategy-for-stable-and-robust-hopping-of-a-one-legged-robot-under-large-terrain-variations
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Natan Shemer, Amir Degani
This work demonstrates a simple, once per step, flight-phase control method for robots running on a planar unknown rough-terrain environment. The robot used to exemplify these control strategies is the ParkourBot, a Spring-Loaded Inverted Pendulum (SLIP)-based robot. The SLIP model is widely used for the description of humans and animals running motion and has been the basis for many robots. A known control scheme for increasing robustness of the conservative, SLIP model is the Swing Leg Retraction (SLR) method...
May 19, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520843/measurement-of-aortic-pulse-wave-velocity-with-a-connected-bathroom-scale
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David Campo, Hakim Khettab, Roger Yu, Nicolas Genain, Paul Edouard, Nadine Buard, Pierre Boutouyrie
BACKGROUND: Measurement of arterial stiffness should be more available. Our aim was to show that aortic pulse wave velocity can be reliably measured with a bathroom scale combining the principles of ballistocardiography (BCG) and impedance plethysmography on a single foot. METHOD: The calibration of the bathroom scale was conducted on a group of 106 individuals. The aortic pulse wave velocity was measured with the SphygmoCor in the supine position. Three consecutive measurements were then performed on the Withings scale in the standing position...
May 17, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516252/chronic-eccentric-arm-cycling-improves-maximum-upper-body-strength-and-power
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Steven J Elmer, Dakota J Anderson, Travis R Wakeham, Matthew A Kilgas, John J Durocher, Stan L Lindstedt, Paul C LaStayo
INTRODUCTION: Eccentric leg cycling (cycle ergometry adapted to impose muscle lengthening contractions) offers an effective exercise for restoring lower-body muscular function, maintaining health, and improving performance in clinical and athletic populations. PURPOSE: We extended this model to the upper body and evaluated the effectiveness of a 7-week eccentric arm cycling (ECCarm) intervention to improve upper-body muscular function. We also explored whether ECCarm would alter arterial function...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505545/leg-stiffness-during-sprinting-in-transfemoral-amputees-with-running-specific-prosthesis
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Yoko Sano, Atsushi Makimoto, Satoru Hashizume, Akihiko Murai, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Hiroshi Takemura, Hiroaki Hobara
Carbon fiber running-specific prostheses are designed to reproduce the spring-like stepping behavior of individuals similar to springs loaded by the entire body mass (i.e. spring-mass model). The aim of this study was to test whether leg stiffness would be modulated differently between intact and prosthetic legs in transfemoral amputees wearing RSP during sprinting. Eight unilateral transfemoral amputees performed maximum sprinting along an indoor overground runway. Leg stiffness was calculated from kinetic and kinematic data in intact and prosthetic legs...
May 4, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496411/calf-compression-sleeves-change-biomechanics-but-not-performance-and-physiological-responses-in-trail-running
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Hugo A Kerhervé, Pierre Samozino, Fabrice Descombe, Matthieu Pinay, Guillaume Y Millet, Marion Pasqualini, Thomas Rupp
Introduction: The aim of this study was to determine whether calf compression sleeves (CS) affects physiological and biomechanical parameters, exercise performance, and perceived sensations of muscle fatigue, pain and soreness during prolonged (~2 h 30 min) outdoor trail running. Methods: Fourteen healthy trained males took part in a randomized, cross-over study consisting in two identical 24-km trail running sessions (each including one bout of running at constant rate on moderately flat terrain, and one period of all-out running on hilly terrain) wearing either degressive CS (23 ± 2 mmHg) or control sleeves (CON, <4 mmHg)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490908/effects-of-prophylactic-ankle-and-knee-braces-on-leg-stiffness-during-hopping
#7
Hiroaki Hobara, Satoru Hashizume, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi
During human movement, the leg can be represented as a mechanical spring, with its stiffness potentially contributing to sports performance and injury prevention. Although many individuals perform athletic activities with joint stabilizers, little is known about the effects of prophylactic lower extremity braces on leg stiffness. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of ankle and/or knee braces on leg stiffness measured during one-legged hopping at a range of frequencies. Thirteen male participants performed one-legged hopping with their dominant leg at frequencies of 2...
2017: Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476390/achilles-tendon-open-surgical-treatment-with-platelet-rich-fibrin-matrix-augmentation-biomechanical-evaluation
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Federica Alviti, Michele Gurzì, Valter Santilli, Marco Paoloni, Roberto Padua, Andrea Bernetti, Marco Bernardi, Massimiliano Mangone
The relationship between surgical technique and ankle biomechanical properties after surgery for acute rupture of the Achilles tendon (ATR) has not yet been fully investigated. Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) matrices seem to play a central role in the complex processes of tendon healing. Our aim was to analyze the biomechanical characteristics, stiffness, and mechanical work of the ankle during walking in patients who had undergone surgery after ATR with and without PRF augmentation. We performed a retrospective review of all consecutive patients who had been treated with surgical repair after ATR...
May 2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469972/a-wolf-in-sheep-s-clothing-an-alien-leg-in-corticobasal-syndrome
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Diana Angelika Olszewska, Allan McCarthy, Brian Murray, Brian Magennis, Sean Connolly, Tim Lynch
BACKGROUND: Alien limb phenomenon occurs in 50-60% of patients with corticobasal syndrome (CBS) and usually presents with an "alien hand" phenomenon. The "alien foot" presentation is rarer and may be misdiagnosed, as foot involvement can lead to erroneous localization of the clinical problem to the knee, hip, or back. Subsequently misdiagnoses such as myelopathy, radiculopathy, functional disorder, stiff leg syndrome, neuromyotonia, and painful leg moving toes syndrome may occur. CASE REPORT: We describe two patients with alien foot symptoms that resulted in multiple opinions from different specialists, multiple diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and delayed diagnosis...
2017: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469747/effects-of-karate-fights-on-achilles-tendon-stiffness-measured-by-myotonometry
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Beata Pożarowszczyk, Weronika Pawlaczyk, Małgorzata Smoter, Andrzej Zarzycki, Dariusz Mroczek, Martyna Kumorek, Kazimierz Witkowski, Kawczyński Adam
The aim of the study was to investigate the influence of karate fights on Achilles tendon stiffness in karate competitors. Eleven male karate fighters participated in the present study. A handheld MyotonPRO device (MyotonPRO, Myoton Ltd, Estonia) was applied to measure Achilles tendon stiffness in karate fighters. The Achilles tendon was tested 5 cm above the tuber calcanei. Stiffness measurements were performed before and after eight sparring fights. Each fight lasted 2 min and was separated by a 2 min rest period...
February 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468115/-on-the-chu-or-qu-of-wu-shi-er-bing-fang-prescriptions-for-fifty-two-diseases-and-relevant-issues
#11
J R Son
In Article 30 of Wu shi er bing fang(Prescriptions for Fifty-two Diseases) , the "Qu ()" in "Shen Shen Er Bu Neng Qu ()" has an opposite relation with "Shen ()" , that is, "Shen ()" , and it should be interpreted as "Qu ()" , that is bend. Thus, in "Shen Shen Er Bu Neng Qu ()" , bodies that appear to have "Shang Jing()" (spasmodic disease), causing stiffness and unable to flex. In Article 308 of Wu shi er bing fang, "Xi Xi Chu Chu()" and "Xi Xi Chu Chu ()" are synonymous. The "Chu ()" in "Xi Xi Chu Chu ()" is interpreted as "(exit)" while "Xi Xi Chu Chu ()" depicts a curse in which an evil fire is summoned out of an oven...
March 28, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Shi za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Medical History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464750/effects-of-forefoot-bending-stiffness-of-badminton-shoes-on-agility-comfort-perception-and-lower-leg-kinematics-during-typical-badminton-movements
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Sang-Kyoon Park, Wing-Kai Lam, Sukhoon Yoon, Ki-Kwang Lee, Jiseon Ryu
This study investigated whether an increase in the forefoot bending stiffness of a badminton shoe would positively affect agility, comfort and biomechanical variables during badminton-specific movements. Three shoe conditions with identical shoe upper and sole designs with different bending stiffness (Flexible, Regular and Stiff) were used. Elite male badminton players completed an agility test on a standard badminton court involving consecutive lunges in six directions, a comfort test performed by a pair of participants conducting a game-like practice trial and a biomechanics test involving a random assignment of consecutive right forward lunges...
May 2, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440017/a-study-of-the-vasera-arterial-stiffness-device-in-us-patients
#13
George Maliha, Raymond R Townsend
The cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI) represents a promising index of arterial stiffness. However, neither the CAVI measure nor its measurement device, the VaSera, have undergone general testing in a North American clinical setting. To begin the process of collecting normal values in the United States, we studied 20 male and 28 female volunteers without reported cardiovascular or renal disease and no history of smoking. Their CAVIs, ankle-brachial indices (ABIs), and four-limb blood pressures were measured in three positions: supine, 7° Trendelenburg, and 7° reverse Trendelenburg...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436534/a-novel-trpa1-variant-is-associated-with-carbamazepine-responsive-cramp-fasciculation-syndrome
#14
M J Nirenberg, R Chaouni, T M Biller, R M Gilbert, C Paisán-Ruiz
Cramp-fasciculation syndrome (CFS) is a rare muscle hyperexcitability syndrome that presents with muscle cramps, fasciculations, and stiffness, as well as pain, fatigue, anxiety, hyperreflexia, and paresthesias. Although familial cases have been reported, a genetic etiology has not yet been identified. We performed whole-exome sequencing followed by validation and cosegregation analyses on a father-son pair with CFS. Both subjects manifested other hypersensitivity-hyperexcitability symptoms, including asthma, gastroesophageal reflux, migraine, restless legs syndrome, tremor, cold hyperalgesia, and cardiac conduction defects...
April 24, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428826/the-reliability-of-shear-elastic-modulus-measurement-of-the-ankle-plantar-flexion-muscles-is-higher-at-dorsiflexed-position-of-the-ankle
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Junya Saeki, Tome Ikezoe, Masatoshi Nakamura, Satoru Nishishita, Noriaki Ichihashi
BACKGROUND: Excessive stiffness of lower limb muscles is associated with sports injuries. Therefore, the identification of a reliable measurement of the shear elastic modulus of various ankle plantar flexion muscles is required to evaluate lower leg sports injuries. This study investigated the reliable measurement of the shear elastic modulus of the ankle plantar flexion muscles at different ankle positions. METHODS: Twenty-three healthy young men (25.3 ± 3...
2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422623/knee-stiffness-and-viscosity-new-implementation-and-perspectives-in-prosthesis-development
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Klemen Bohinc, Nejc Vantur, Drago Torkar, Tomaž Lampe, Marija Hribernik, Miroljub Jakovljević
The pendulum test is a method applied to measure passive resistance of the knee. A new and simple pendulum test with instrumentation based on infrared camera was used to evaluate knee stiffness and viscosity on a female human cadaver. The stiffness and viscosity were calculated based on the kinetic data. During the measurements, the periarticular and intraarticular soft tissue of the knee was gradually removed to determine the stiffness and viscosity as a function of the tissue removal rate. The measurements showed that the removal of tissue around the joint reduces the damping of leg oscillation, and therefore decreases the stiffness and viscosity...
April 19, 2017: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412025/the-influence-of-chronic-il-6-exposure-in-vivo-on-rat-achilles-tendon-extracellular-matrix
#17
Mark S Katsma, Shivam H Patel, Erica Eldon, Kathryn A Corbell, Kevin L Shimkus, James D Fluckey, Chad C Carroll
When compared to placebo, acetaminophen (APAP) reduces tendon stiffness and collagen cross-linking. APAP also enhances the exercise-induced increase in peritendinous levels of IL-6. Elevated levels of IL-6 are associated with tendinopathy, thus we hypothesized that chronic, elevated peritendinous IL-6 would alter tendon extracellular matrix (ECM). IL-6 (∼3000pgml(-1)) was injected (3dwk(-1) for 8-wks) into the Achilles peritendinous region of male Wistar rats (n=16) with the opposite leg serving as a sham...
April 13, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397006/acute-effect-of-stretching-one-leg-on-regional-arterial-stiffness-in-young-men
#18
Yosuke Yamato, Natsuki Hasegawa, Shumpei Fujie, Shigehiko Ogoh, Motoyuki Iemitsu
PURPOSE: Our previous study demonstrated that a single bout of stretching exercises acutely reduced arterial stiffness. We hypothesized that this acute vascular response is due to regional mechanical stimulation of the peripheral arteries. To test this hypothesis, we examined the effect of a single bout of passive one leg stretching on arterial stiffness, comparing the stretched and the non-stretched leg in the same subject. METHODS: Twenty-five healthy young men (20...
April 10, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391391/the-acute-benefits-and-risks-of-passive-stretching-to-the-point-of-pain
#19
Pornpimol Muanjai, David A Jones, Mantas Mickevicius, Danguole Satkunskiene, Audrius Snieckus, Albertas Skurvydas, Sigitas Kamandulis
PURPOSE: This study evaluated the acute effects of two different stretch intensities on muscle damage and extensibility. METHODS: Twenty-two physically active women (age 20 ± 1.0 years) were divided into two matched groups and undertook eight sets of 30-s passive hamstring stretching. One group stretched to the point of discomfort (POD) and the other to the point of pain (POP). Hamstring passive torque, sit and reach (S&R), straight leg raise (SLR), and markers of muscle damage were measured before, immediately after stretching and 24 h later...
April 8, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389837/use-of-internal-lengthening-nails-in-post-traumatic-sequelae
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Hamza M Alrabai, Martin G Gesheff, Janet D Conway
External fixators are a well-established modality for treating fractures with bone defects, leg-length discrepancy, malunion, nonunion and other post-traumatic consequences. However, use of internal lengthening rods has remarkably increased recently for post-traumatic conditions. The main advantage of internal lengthening rods is eliminating pin-site complications. Internal lengthening rods are also associated with less pain. Motorised internal lengthening rods show promising performance in post-traumatic cases...
April 7, 2017: International Orthopaedics
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