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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325917/a-quadruped-robot-exhibiting-spontaneous-gait-transitions-from-walking-to-trotting-to-galloping
#1
Dai Owaki, Akio Ishiguro
The manner in which quadrupeds change their locomotive patterns-walking, trotting, and galloping-with changing speed is poorly understood. In this paper, we provide evidence for interlimb coordination during gait transitions using a quadruped robot for which coordination between the legs can be self-organized through a simple "central pattern generator" (CPG) model. We demonstrate spontaneous gait transitions between energy-efficient patterns by changing only the parameter related to speed. Interlimb coordination was achieved with the use of local load sensing only without any preprogrammed patterns...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323361/heart-rate-variability-parameters-in-horses-distinguish-atrial-fibrillation-from-sinus-rhythm-before-and-after-successful-electrical-cardioversion
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B Broux, D De Clercq, A Decloedt, S Ven, L Vera, G van Steenkiste, K Mitchell, C Schwarzwald, G van Loon
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common pathological arrhythmia in horses. After successful treatment, recurrence is common. Heart rate monitors are easily applicable in horses and some devices offer basic heart rate variability (HRV) calculations. If HRV can be used to distinguish between AF and sinus rhythm (SR), this could become a monitoring tool for horses at risk for recurrence of AF. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to assess whether in horses AF (before cardioversion) and SR (after cardioversion) can be differentiated based upon HRV parameters...
March 21, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298110/near-infrared-overtone-voh-2-%C3%A2-0-spectroscopy-of-ne-h2o-clusters
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Michael P Ziemkiewicz, Christian Pluetzer, Michael Wojcik, Jérôme Loreau, Ad van der Avoird, David J Nesbitt
Vibrationally state selective overtone spectroscopy and dynamics of weakly bound Ne-H2O complexes (D0((para)) = 31.67 cm(-1), D0((ortho)) = 34.66 cm(-1)) are reported for the first time, based on near infrared excitation of van der Waals cluster bands correlating with vOH = 2 ← 0 overtone transitions (|02(-)⟩←|00(+)⟩ and |02(+)⟩←|00(+)⟩) out of the ortho (101) and para (000) internal rotor states of the H2O moiety. Quantum theoretical calculations for nuclear motion on a high level ab initio potential energy surface (CCSD(T)/VnZ-f12 (n = 3,4), corrected for basis set superposition error and extrapolated to the complete basis set limit) are employed for assignment of Σ←Σ,Π←Σ, and Σ←Π infrared bands in the overtone spectra, where Σ(K = 0) and Π (K = 1) represent approximate projections (K) of the body angular momentum along the Ne-H2O internuclear axis...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283369/inertial-sensor-based-system-for-lameness-detection-in-trotting-dogs-with-induced-lameness
#4
M Rhodin, A Bergh, P Gustås, C B Gómez Álvarez
Lameness detection can be challenging in dogs, as reflected in the reported low inter-rater agreement when visually assessing lameness. The aim of this study was to use an inertial sensor-based system to detect and quantify induced distal and proximal limb disturbances mimicking supporting and swinging limb lameness in dogs trotting on a treadmill by measuring vertical head and pelvic movement symmetry. Ten clinically sound dogs were equipped with inertial measurement units that were attached to the head, pelvis and right distal forelimb...
February 10, 2017: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283082/effects-of-the-rider-on-the-kinematics-of-the-equine-spine-under-the-saddle-during-the-trot-using-inertial-measurement-units-methodological-study-and-preliminary-results
#5
P Martin, L Cheze, P Pourcelot, L Desquilbet, L Duray, H Chateau
Many factors associated with the saddle and the rider could produce pain in horses thus reducing performance. However, studies of horse-saddle-rider interactions are limited and determining their effects remains challenging. The aim of this study was to test a novel method for assessing equine thoracic and lumbar spinal movement under the saddle and collect data during trotting. Back movement was measured using inertial measurement units (n = 5) fixed at the levels of thoracic vertebrae T6, T12 and T16, and lumbar vertebrae L2 and L5...
March 2017: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283077/ground-reaction-forces-of-elite-dressage-horses-in-collected-trot-and-passage
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H M Clayton, H C Schamhardt, S J Hobbs
In this study, sagittal plane ground reaction forces (GRFs) in ridden elite dressage horses performing 'collected trot' and in 'passage' over ground were determined. In-ground force plates captured GRF data from four Dutch Warmblood and four Lusitano horses ridden by their trainers. At least three stance phases were analysed for forelimbs and hind limbs per horse. The variables extracted were vertical and longitudinal (braking, propulsive) force maxima, their times of occurrence and the respective impulses for forelimbs and hind limbs...
March 2017: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264903/longitudinal-quasi-static-stability-predicts-changes-in-dog-gait-on-rough-terrain
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Simon Wilshin, Michelle A Reeve, G Clark Haynes, Shai Revzen, Daniel E Koditschek, Andrew J Spence
Legged animals utilize gait selection to move effectively and must re-cover from environmental perturbations. We show that on rough terrain domestic dogs, Canis lupus familiaris, spend more time in longitudinal quasi-statically stable patterns of movement. Here longitudinal refers to the rostro-caudal, axis. We used an existing model in the literature to quantify the longitudinal quasi-static stability of gaits neighbouring the walk, and found that trot-like gaits are more stable. We thus hypothesized that when perturbed, the rate of return to a stable gait would depend on the direction of perturbation, such that perturbations towards less quasi-statically stable patterns of movement would be more rapid than those towards more stable patterns of movement...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208707/gaitkeeper-a-system-for-measuring-canine-gait
#8
Cassim Ladha, Jack O'Sullivan, Zoe Belshaw, Lucy Asher
It is understood gait has the potential to be used as a window into neurodegenerative disorders, identify markers of subclinical pathology, inform diagnostic algorithms of disease progression and measure the efficacy of interventions. Dogs' gaits are frequently assessed in a veterinary setting to detect signs of lameness. Despite this, a reliable, affordable and objective method to assess lameness in dogs is lacking. Most described canine lameness assessments are subjective, unvalidated and at high risk of bias...
February 8, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207317/effects-of-sensor-position-on-kinematic-data-obtained-with-an-inertial-sensor-system-during-gait-analysis-of-trotting-horses
#9
Valerie J Moorman, David D Frisbie, Christopher E Kawcak, C Wayne McIlwraith
OBJECTIVE To determine the effects of altering location of right forelimb and pelvic sensors on kinematic data obtained with a commonly used inertial sensor system during gait analysis of trotting horses. DESIGN Experimental study. ANIMALS 12 horses with mild to moderate lameness of at least 1 hind limb, with or without lameness of the forelimbs. PROCEDURES All horses were examined while trotting on a high-speed treadmill. The right forelimb sensor was tested at 3 anatomic locations in random order: dorsal midline and 2 cm medial and lateral to that midline...
March 1, 2017: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202647/longitudinal-and-transversal-displacements-between-triceps-surae-muscles-during-locomotion-of-the-rat
#10
Michel Bernabei, Jaap H van Dieën, Huub Maas
The functional consequences of differential muscle activation and contractile behavior between mechanically coupled synergists are still poorly understood. Even though synergistic muscles exert similar mechanical effects at the joint they span, differences in the anatomy, morphology and neural drive may lead to non-uniform contractile conditions. This study aimed to investigate the patterns of activation and contractile behavior of triceps surae muscles, to understand how these contribute to the relative displacement between the one-joint soleus (SO) and two-joint lateral gastrocnemius (LG) muscle bellies and their distal tendons during locomotion in the rat...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198549/pelvic-limb-kinematics-in-the-dog-with-and-without-a-stifle-orthosis
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Bryan T Torres, Yang-Chieh Fu, Gabriella S Sandberg, Steven C Budsberg
OBJECTIVE: To report a method of evaluating 3-dimensional joint motion in dogs with a stifle orthosis. STUDY DESIGN: Experimental. ANIMALS: Six healthy dogs. METHODS: Three-dimensional pelvic limb joint motion was recorded with and without a stifle orthosis. Kinematic data were collected from dogs at a walk and trot for the hip, stifle, and tarsus prior to, and after application of, a stifle orthosis. Data were also obtained for the orthosis alone...
February 15, 2017: Veterinary Surgery: VS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196500/monitoring-training-response-in-young-friesian-dressage-horses-using-two-different-standardised-exercise-tests-sets
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Cornelis Marinus de Bruijn, Willem Houterman, Margreet Ploeg, Bart Ducro, Berit Boshuizen, Klaartje Goethals, Elisabeth-Lidwien Verdegaal, Catherine Delesalle
BACKGROUND: Most Friesian horses reach their anaerobic threshold during a standardized exercise test (SET) which requires lower intensity exercise than daily routine training. AIM: to study strengths and weaknesses of an alternative SET-protocol. Two different SETs (SETA and SETB) were applied during a 2 month training period of 9 young Friesian dressage horses. SETB alternated short episodes of canter with trot and walk, lacking long episodes of cantering, as applied in SETA...
February 14, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196073/a-horse-s-locomotor-signature-cop-path-determined-by-the-individual-limb
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Sandra Nauwelaerts, Sarah Jane Hobbs, Willem Back
INTRODUCTION: Ground reaction forces in sound horses with asymmetric hooves show systematic differences in the horizontal braking force and relative timing of break-over. The Center Of Pressure (COP) path quantifies the dynamic load distribution under the hoof in a moving horse. The objective was to test whether anatomical asymmetry, quantified by the difference in dorsal wall angle between the left and right forelimbs, correlates with asymmetry in the COP path between these limbs. In addition, repeatability of the COP path was investigated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190505/thoracolumbar-movement-in-sound-horses-trotting-in-straight-lines-in-hand-and-on-the-lunge-and-the-relationship-with-hind-limb-symmetry-or-asymmetry
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L Greve, T Pfau, S Dyson
Equine movement symmetry is changed when turning, which may induce alterations in thoracolumbosacral kinematics; however, this has not previously been investigated. Our objectives were to document thoracolumbar movement in subjectively sound horses comparing straight lines with circles on both reins and to relate these observations to the objectively determined symmetry/asymmetry of hindlimb gait. Fourteen non-lame horses were assessed prospectively in a non-random, cross-sectional survey. The horses were trotted in straight lines and lunged on both reins and inertial sensor data collected at landmarks: withers, T13 and T18, L3, tubera sacrale, and left and right tubera coxae...
February 2017: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147548/microwave-irradiation-affects-ion-pairing-in-aqueous-solutions-of-alkali-halide-salts
#15
Tomaž Mohorič, Urban Bren
Using the molecular dynamics simulations with separate thermostats for translational and rotational degrees of freedom, we investigate the effects of water's rotational motion on the ion pairing of ionic solutes in aqueous solutions. The situation with rotational temperature higher than the translational one, Trot>Ttrs, is mimicking the non-equilibrium effects of microwaves on model solutions of alkali halide salts. The simulations reveal that an increase in the rotational temperature at constant translational temperature exerts significant changes in the structure of the solution...
January 28, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145055/manipulated-changes-in-limb-mass-and-rotational-inertia-in-trotting-dogs-canis-lupus-familiaris-and-their-effect-on-limb-kinematics
#16
Brandon M Kilbourne, David R Carrier
While the mass distribution of limbs is known to influence the metabolic energy consumed during locomotion, it remains unknown how the mass distribution of limbs may influence overall limb kinematics and whether the influence of limb mass distribution on limb kinematics differs between fore- and hindlimbs. To examine limb mass distribution's influence upon fore- and hindlimb kinematics, temporal stride parameters and swing phase joint kinematics were recorded from four dogs trotting on a treadmill with 0.5% and 1...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological Genetics and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117488/a-simple-method-for-equine-kinematic-gait-event-detection
#17
D Holt, L B St George, H M Clayton, S J Hobbs
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have validated methods for determining kinematic gait events using threshold-based methods, however a simple method is yet to be identified that can be successfully applied to walk, trot and canter. OBJECTIVES: To develop a simple kinematic method to identify the timing of hoof-on, peak vertical force and hoof-off, which can be applied to walk, trot and canter. STUDY DESIGN: In-vivo method authentication study...
January 24, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075434/diagnosis-and-surgical-correction-of-congenital-bilateral-patellar-luxation-in-two-dwarf-zebu-calves
#18
Göknil Kalayci, Cagri Binici, Julia Tünsmeyer, Silke Stein, Ahmad Al Aiyan, Kerstin Müller, Leo Brunnberg
This case study presents two female dwarf zebu calves with permanent bilateral flexion of the stifle joint secondary to bilateral congenital lateral patellar luxation. The patella could be manually repositioned bilaterally in the first calf (14 days old), but re-luxated immediately with release of manual pressure (luxation grade III). In the second calf (28 days old) both patellae were permanently luxated laterally (grade IV). The right and left stifles of each calf were operated in a staged procedure with approximately 14 days between surgery of the two sides...
January 11, 2017: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe G, Grosstiere/Nutztiere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052378/comparison-of-limb-kinematics-between-collected-and-lengthened-medium-extended-trot-in-two-groups-of-dressage-horses-on-two-different-surfaces
#19
V A Walker, C A Tranquille, J R Newton, S J Dyson, J Brandham, A J Northrop, R C Murray
BACKGROUND: Dressage horses are often asked to work in lengthened paces during training and competition, but to date there is limited information about the biomechanics of dressage-specific paces. Preliminary work has shown increased fetlock extension in extended compared with collected paces, but further investigation of the kinematic differences between collected, medium and extended trot in dressage horses is warranted. OBJECTIVES: Investigation of the effect of collected versus medium/extended trot on limb kinematics of dressage horses...
January 4, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031401/segmental-specificity-in-belly-dance-mimics-primal-trunk-locomotor-patterns
#20
Marilee M Nugent, Theodore E Milner
Belly dance was used to investigate control of rhythmic undulating trunk movements in humans. Activation patterns in lumbar erector spinae muscles were recorded using surface electromyography at four segmental levels spanning T10 to L4. Muscle activation patterns for movement tempos of 2 Hz, 3 Hz, and as fast as possible (up to 6 Hz) were compared to test the hypothesis that frequency modulates muscle timing, causing pattern changes analogous to gait transitions. Groups of trained and untrained female subjects were compared to test the hypothesis that experience modifies muscle coordination patterns and the capacity for selective motion of spinal segments...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
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