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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243932/role-of-aromatic-crosslinks-in-structure-and-dynamics-of-model-three-stranded-%C3%AE-sheet-peptides
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David Scheerer, Heng Chi, Dan McElheny, Ayesha Samer, Timothy A Keiderling, Karin Hauser
A series of closely related peptide sequences that form triple-strand structures were designed with a variation of cross-strand aromatic interactions and spectroscopically studied as models for β-sheet formation and stabilities. Structures of the three-strand models were determined with NMR methods and temperature-dependent equilibrium studies carried out using CD and FTIR spectroscopies. Our equilibrium data show that the presence of a direct cross-strand aromatic contact in an otherwise folded peptide does not automatically result in an increased thermal stability, and can even distort the structure...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29182436/vertical-and-horizontal-jump-capacity-in-international-cerebral-palsy-football-players
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Raul Reina, Aitor Iturricastillo, Rafael Sabido, Maria Campayo-Piernas, Javier Yanci
PURPOSE: the aims of the present study were to evaluate the reliability and validity of vertical and horizontal jump tests in football players with cerebral palsy (FPCP), and to analyze the jump performance differences between current IFCPF functional classes (i.e. FT5-FT8). METHODS: One hundred and thirty-two international para-footballers (25.8 ± 6.7 years; 70.0 ± 9.1 kg; 175.7 ± 7.3 cm; 22.8 ± 2.8 kg·m-2; 10.7 ± 7.5 years training experience) participated in the study...
November 28, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29176387/effects-of-plyometric-and-directional-training-on-speed-and-jump-performance-in-elite-youth-soccer-players
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Marco Beato, Mattia Bianchi, Giuseppe Coratella, Michele Merlini, Barry Drust
Soccer players perform approximately 1350 activities (every 4-6 s), such as accelerations/decelerations, and changes of direction (COD) during matches. It is well established that COD and plyometric training have a positive impact on fitness parameters in football players. This study analyzed the effect of a complex COD and plyometric protocol (CODJ-G) compared to an isolated COD protocol (COD-G) training on elite football players.A randomized pre-post parallel group trial was used in this study. Twenty-one youth players were enrolled in this study (mean ± SDs; age 17 ± 0...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116831/clinician-friendly-physical-performance-tests-for-the-knee
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Jerrod J Harrison, Marissa K Yorgey, Alexander J Csiernik, Joseph H Vogler, Kenneth E Games
Reference:  Hegedus EJ, McDonough S, Bleakley C, Cook CE, Baxter GD. Clinician-friendly lower extremity physical performance measures in athletes: a systematic review of measurement properties and correlation with injury. Part 1: the tests for knee function including the hop tests. Br J Sports Med. 2015;49(10):642-648. CLINICAL QUESTION:   Do individual physical performance tests (PPTs) used as measures for lower extremity function have any relationship to injuries in athletes aged 12 years or older? DATA SOURCES:   Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines were used to locate articles...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29072033/technical-strategy-of-triple-jump-differences-of-inverted-pendulum-model-between-hop-dominated-and-balance-techniques
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Nobuaki Fujibayashi, Mitsuo Otsuka, Shinsuke Yoshioka, Tadao Isaka
BACKGROUND: The present study aims to cross-sectionally clarify the characteristics of the motions of an inverted pendulum model, a stance leg, a swing leg and arms in different triple-jumping techniques to understand whether or not hop displacement is relatively longer rather than step and jump displacements. METHODS: Eighteen male athletes performed the triple jump with a full run-up. Based on the technique of the jumpers, they were classified as hop-dominated (n = 10) or balance (n = 8) jumpers...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035596/the-elevated-track-in-pole-vault-an-advantage-during-run-up
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Johan Cassirame, Hervé Sanchez, Jean Benoit Morin
Approach speed is a major determinant of pole-vault performance. Athletic jump events such as long jump, triple jump and pole vault can utilise an elevated track for the runway. Feedback from athletes indicates a benefit of using an elevated track on their results. However, there is no evidence that elevated tracks do increase athletes' performance. PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to investigate the potential advantage of using an elevated track during elite pole-vault competitions on run-up speed parameters...
October 16, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986596/palisade-endings-of-extraocular-muscles-develop-postnatally-following-different-time-courses
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Roland Blumer, Johannes Streicher, María A Davis-López de Carrizosa, Rosa R de la Cruz, Angel M Pastor
Purpose: To analyze in a frontal-eyed mammal (cat) the postnatal development of palisade endings in extraocular muscles (EOMs) and to compare the spatiotemporal and quantitative patterns of palisade endings among individual rectus muscles. Methods: Cats of different ages ranging from birth to adult stage were studied. EOM whole-mount preparations were fluorescently labeled using six combinations of triple staining and analyzed in the confocal laser scanning microscope...
October 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734700/predicting-muscle-forces-during-the-propulsion-phase-of-single-leg-triple-hop-test
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Felipe Costa Alvim, Paulo Roberto Garcia Lucareli, Luciano Luporini Menegaldo
Functional biomechanical tests allow the assessment of musculoskeletal system impairments in a simple way. Muscle force synergies associated with movement can provide additional information for diagnosis. However, such forces cannot be directly measured noninvasively. This study aims to estimate muscle activations and forces exerted during the preparation phase of the single leg triple hop test. Two different approaches were tested: static optimization (SO) and computed muscle control (CMC). As an indirect validation, model-estimated muscle activations were compared with surface electromyography (EMG) of selected hip and thigh muscles...
January 2018: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728471/implementing-technical-refinement-in-high-level-athletics-exploring-the-knowledge-schemas-of-coaches
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Philip E Kearney, Howie J Carson, Dave Collins
This paper explores the approaches adopted by high-level field athletics coaches when attempting to refine an athlete's already well-established technique (long and triple jump and javelin throwing). Six coaches, who had all coached multiple athletes to multiple major championships, took part in semi-structured interviews focused upon a recent example of technique refinement. Data were analysed using a thematic content analysis. The coaching tools reported were generally consistent with those advised by the existing literature, focusing on attaining "buy-in", utilising part-practice, restoring movement automaticity and securing performance under pressure...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675771/kinematic-chain-related-risk-factors-in-the-development-of-lower-extremity-injuries-in-women-a-prospective-study
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R Verrelst, D Van Tiggelen, R De Ridder, E Witvrouw
The link between dynamic range of motion (dROM) parameters within the kinematic chain and the development of lower extremity (LE) injury has gained attention; however, very few longitudinal studies have been conducted. Therefore, we wanted to prospectively determine dROM-related risk factors for the development of LE injury. Within this study, 90 female physical education students aged 19.33±0.87 years were tested. Full-body kinematic and vertical ground reaction force (VGRF) parameters were measured during a triple hop jump (THJ)...
July 4, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604654/postural-control-in-elite-decathlon-athletes-are-various-modes-of-dynamic-assessment-needed
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Sven Reuter, Philipp Forkel, Andreas B Imhoff, Knut Beitzel
BACKGROUND: Decathlon consists of various track and field running, jumping and throwing events. This results in high physical demands and poor postural control may predispose athletes at a higher risk for injury. The purpose of this study was to measure and to show a relationship of different dynamic postural control tests in healthy professional decathlon athletes. METHODS: The German top decathlon team (eight professional athletes, mean age±standard deviation (SD), 20...
July 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515975/prospective-functional-performance-testing-and-relationship-to-lower-extremity-injury-incidence-in-adolescent-sports-participants
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Joseph Smith, Nick DePhillipo, Iris Kimura, Morgan Kocher, Ronald Hetzler
BACKGROUND: Due to the high number of adolescent athletes and subsequent lower extremity injuries, improvements of injury prevention strategies with emphasis on clinic-based and practical assessments are warranted. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to prospectively investigate if a battery of functional performance tests (FPT) could be used as a preseason-screening tool to identify adolescent athletes at risk for sports-related acute lower extremity injury via comparison of injured and uninjured subjects...
April 2017: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515972/determination-of-clinically-relevant-differences-in-frontal-plane-hop-tests-in-women-s-collegiate-basketball-and-soccer-players
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Kelly Hardesty, Eric J Hegedus, Kevin R Ford, Anh-Dung Nguyen, Jeffrey B Taylor
BACKGROUND: ACL injury prevention programs are less successful in female basketball players than in soccer players. Previous authors have identified anthropometric and biomechanical differences between the athletes and different sport-specific demands, including a higher frequency of frontal plane activities in basketball. Current injury risk screening and preventive training practices do not place a strong emphasis on frontal plane activities. The medial and lateral triple hop for distance tests may be beneficial for use in the basketball population...
April 2017: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428033/a-critical-analysis-of-limb-symmetry-indices-of-hop-tests-in-athletes-after-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-a-case-control-study
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A Gokeler, W Welling, A Benjaminse, K Lemmink, R Seil, S Zaffagnini
BACKGROUND: Hop tests are frequently used to determine return to sports (RTS) after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR). Given that bilateral deficits are present after ACLR, this may result in a falsely high limb symmetry index (LSI), since LSI is calculated as a ratio between the values of the limbs. HYPOTHESIS: Athletes after ACLR would achieve LSI>90% for the hop test. Secondly, athletes after ACLR demonstrate decreased jump distance on the single hop for distance (SLH) and triple leg hop for distance (TLH) and decreased number of hops for the side hop (SH) for both involved and uninvolved limbs compared to normative data of sex, age and type of sports matched healthy athletes...
April 17, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386918/does-increased-heat-resistance-result-in-higher-susceptibility-to-predation-a-test-using-drosophila-melanogaster-selection-and-hardening
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S Hangartner, I Dworkin, M DeNieu, A A Hoffmann
Heat resistance of ectotherms can be increased both by plasticity and evolution, but these effects may have trade-offs resulting from biotic interactions. Here, we test for predation costs in Drosophila melanogaster populations with altered heat resistance produced by adult hardening and directional selection for increased heat resistance. In addition, we also tested for genetic trade-offs by testing heat resistance in lines that have evolved under increased predation risk. We show that while 35/37 °C hardening increases heat resistance as expected, it does not increase predation risk from jumping spiders or mantids; in fact, there was an indication that survival may have increased under predation following a triple 37 °C compared to a single 35 °C hardening treatment...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365483/structural-transitions-in-torsionally-constrained-dna-and-their-dependence-on-solution-electrostatics
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Jaspreet Singh, Prashant K Purohit
Experimental studies on single molecules of DNA have reported a rich variety of structural transitions, including coexistence of three phases, in a torsionally constrained molecule. A comprehensive knowledge of these structural transitions is useful for unraveling the in vivo and in vitro behavior of DNA. Our objective is to understand the structural transitions in a torsionally constrained DNA molecule when it is pulled using optical or magnetic tweezers. We use foundational concepts from the Zimm-Bragg helix-coil transition theory and merge them with ideas from the theory of fluctuating elastic rods to model the mechanics of DNA...
March 30, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270619/massive-increase-in-visual-range-preceded-the-origin-of-terrestrial-vertebrates
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Malcolm A MacIver, Lars Schmitz, Ugurcan Mugan, Todd D Murphey, Curtis D Mobley
The evolution of terrestrial vertebrates, starting around 385 million years ago, is an iconic moment in evolution that brings to mind images of fish transforming into four-legged animals. Here, we show that this radical change in body shape was preceded by an equally dramatic change in sensory abilities akin to transitioning from seeing over short distances in a dense fog to seeing over long distances on a clear day. Measurements of eye sockets and simulations of their evolution show that eyes nearly tripled in size just before vertebrates began living on land...
March 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192831/training-effects-of-the-fifa-11-and-harmoknee-on-several-neuromuscular-parameters-of-physical-performance-measures
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Francisco Ayala, Carlos Pomares-Noguera, Francisco Javier Robles-Palazón, Maria Del Pilar García-Vaquero, Ignacio Ruiz-Pérez, Sergio Hernández-Sánchez, Mark De Ste Croix
The main purpose of this study was to analyse the training effects of the FIFA 11+ and Harmoknee on several parameters of physical performance measures in youth amateur football players. 41 adolescent players were randomised within each team into 2 groups (team 1: control vs. FIFA 11+; team 2: control vs. Harmoknee). The FIFA 11+ and Harmoknee groups performed the program 3 times a week for 4 weeks; the control groups completed their usual warm-up routines. 13 physical performance measures (joint range of motion, dynamic postural control, single legged hop limb symmetry, sprint time, jumping height and agility) were assessed...
April 2017: International Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182531/relationships-of-functional-tests-following-acl-reconstruction-exploratory-factor-analyses-of-the-lower-extremity-assessment-protocol
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Melissa DiFabio, Lindsay V Slater, Grant E Norte, John Goetschius, Joseph M Hart, Jay Hertel
CONTEXT: After ACL reconstruction(ACLR), deficits are often assessed using a variety of functional tests, which can be time consuming. It is unknown whether these tests provide redundant or unique information. OBJECTIVE: To explore relationships between components of a battery of functional tests, the Lower Extremity Assessment Protocol (LEAP), to aid in developing the most informative, concise battery of tests for evaluating ACLR patients. DESIGN: Descriptive, cross-sectional...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161898/the-relationship-between-loading-history-and-proximal-femoral-diaphysis-cross-sectional-geometry
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Sirpa Niinimäki, Nathaniel Narra, Laura Härkönen, Shinya Abe, Riku Nikander, Jari Hyttinen, Christopher Knüsel, Harri Sievänen
OBJECTIVES: We investigated the relationship between loading history and bone biomechanical properties used in physical activity reconstructions. These bone properties included bone bending and torsional strength (J), cortical area (CA), the direction of the major axis (theta angle), and element shape ratios determined from cross sections of standardized bone length. In addition, we explored the applicability of anatomically determined cross sections. METHODS: Our material consisted of hip and proximal thigh magnetic resonance images of Finnish female athletes (N = 91) engaged in high-jump, triple-jump, endurance running, swimming, power-lifting, soccer and squash; along with a group of active non-athlete individuals (N = 20)...
July 8, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
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