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Andrew K Buldt, Jamie J Allan, Karl B Landorf, Hylton B Menz
BACKGROUND: Foot posture is a risk factor for some lower limb injuries, however the underlying mechanism is not well understood. Plantar pressure analysis is one technique to investigate the interaction between foot posture and biomechanical function of the lower limb. RESEARCH QUESTION: The aim of this review was to investigate the relationship between foot posture and plantar pressure during walking. METHODS: A systematic database search was conducted using MEDLINE, CINAHL, SPORTDiscus and Embase to identify studies that have assessed the relationship between foot posture and plantar pressure during walking...
February 23, 2018: Gait & Posture
W Herzog
In Fig. 3a of the original manuscript [1], the passive force at the beginning of the force-time history (approximately from 0 to 1 s) of each of the black and orange traces was interchanged in the coloring process. This was an error in the artwork preparation, not the original data. The corrected figure is shown below.
March 7, 2018: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
Sarah Jane Hobbs, Mark A Robinson, Hilary M Clayton
Background: Ground reaction forces (GRF) measured during equine gait analysis are typically evaluated by analyzing discrete values obtained from continuous force-time data for the vertical, longitudinal and transverse GRF components. This paper describes a simple, temporo-spatial method of displaying and analyzing sagittal plane GRF vectors. In addition, the application of statistical parametric mapping (SPM) is introduced to analyse differences between contra-lateral fore and hindlimb force-time curves throughout the stance phase...
2018: PeerJ
Jason P Lake, Peter D Mundy, Paul Comfort, John J McMahon, Timothy J Suchomel, Patrick Carden
The aim of this study was to quantify the effect that barbell load has on the jump height and force-time characteristics of the countermovement jump (CMJ). Fifteen strengthtrained men (mean ± SD: age 23 ± 2 years, mass 84.9 ± 8.1 kg, height 1.80 ± 0.05 m) performed three CMJ with no additional load, and with barbell loads of 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% of body mass on two force plates recording at 1000 Hz. Propulsion and landing force-time characteristics were obtained from force-time data and compared using analysis of variance and effect sizes...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Jan Kodejška, Jiří Baláš, Nick Draper
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of two cold water immersion (CWI) temperatures (15° C and 8° C) on repeat handgrip performance to failure. METHODS: Thirty-two participants completed three intermittent trials to failure on a climbing-specific handgrip dynamometer on three laboratory visits. For each visit a different recovery strategy was employed: passive recovery (PAS), cold water immersion at 8° C (CW8) or 15° C (CW15). The force time integral (FTI - time of contraction multiplied by the force of contraction) was determined to assess handgrip performance...
February 21, 2018: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
Roger A Winkle, Ryan Moskovitz, R Hardwin Mead, Gregory Engel, Melissa H Kong, William Fleming, Jonathan Salcedo, Rob A Patrawala, John H Tranter, Isaac Shai
PURPOSE: The optimal radiofrequency (RF) power and lesion duration using contact force (CF) sensing catheters for atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation are unknown. We evaluate 50 W RF power for very short durations using CF sensing catheters during AF ablation. METHODS: We evaluated 51 patients with paroxysmal (n = 20) or persistent (n = 31) AF undergoing initial RF ablation. RESULTS: A total of 3961 50 W RF lesions were given (average 77...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Kurt S Hoffmayer, Felix Krainski, Sanjay Shah, Jessica Hunter, Maylene Alegre, Jonathan C Hsu, Gregory K Feld
BACKGROUND: Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of the cavo-tricuspid isthmus (CTI) is a common treatment for atrial flutter (AFL). However, achieving bi-directional CTI conduction block may be difficult, partly due to catheter instability. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of the Amigo® Remote Catheter System (RCS) compared to manual catheter manipulation, during CTI ablation for AFL. METHODS: Fifty patients (pts) were prospectively randomized to robotically (25 pts) versus manually (25 pts) controlled catheter manipulation during CTI ablation, using a force-contact sensing, irrigated ablation catheter...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Graham Holman, Anthony John O'Brien, Katey Thom
New Zealand police report a high level of involvement with people in mental health crisis, something that has been reported in the international literature in recent decades. Involvement of police represents a coercive pathway to care and is likely to be associated with use of force. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical, legal, and social characteristics of individuals subject to police response in the Waikato region of New Zealand. Data were also collected on characteristics of police response, including use of force, time of day, and disposition...
February 10, 2018: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Matthew Buckthorpe, Giulio Sergio Roi
This narrative and literature review discusses the relevance of Rate of Force Development (RFD) (the slope of the force time curve) for Return To Sport (RTS), its determinants and the influence of training practices on it expression, with the purpose to enhance clinicians' awareness of how RFD training may enhance RTS success. RFD is considered functionally more relevant than maximal muscle strength during certain very fast actions including rapid joint stabilisation following mechanical perturbation. Deficits in RFD are reported following conventional rehabilitation programmes despite full restoration of maximal strength, which may contribute to the less than satisfactory RTS outcomes reported in the literature...
July 2017: Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
Thomas Dos'Santos, Jason Lake, Paul A Jones, Paul Comfort
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of low-pass filtering on isometric mid-thigh pull (IMTP) kinetics, including body weight (BW), onset threshold force, time-specific force values (50, 100, 150 and 200 ms) and peak force (PF). Forty IMTP trials from twenty-four collegiate athletes (age: 21.2 ± 1.8 years, height: 1.72 ± 0.09 m, mass: 79.4 ± 8.2 kg) were analyzed and compared using unfiltered (UF) and low-pass filtered (LPF) (Fourth-order Butterworth) with cut-off frequencies of 10 (LPF10) and 100 (LPF100) Hz...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Wade A Baker, Mostafiz R Chowdhury, Costin Untaroiu
OBJECTIVE: A novel anthropomorphic test device (ATD) representative of the 50th percentile male soldier is being developed to predict injuries to a vehicle occupant during an under-body blast (UBB). The main objective of this study was to develop and validate a finite element (FE) model of the ATD lower limb outfitted with a military combat boot. Secondly, to insert the validated lower-limb into a model of the full ATD and simulate vertical loading experiments. METHODS: A Belleville desert combat boot model was assigned contacts and material properties based on previous experiments...
January 30, 2018: Traffic Injury Prevention
G Novembre, V M Pawar, R J Bufacchi, M Kilintari, M A Srinivasan, J C Rothwell, P Haggard, G D Iannetti
Survival in a fast-changing environment requires animals not only to detect unexpected sensory events, but also to react. In humans, these salient sensory events generate large electrocortical responses, which have been traditionally interpreted within the sensory domain. Here we describe a basic physiological mechanism coupling saliency-related cortical responses with motor output. In four experiments conducted on 70 healthy participants, we show that salient sub-startle sensory stimuli modulate isometric force exertion by human participants, and that this modulation is tightly coupled with electrocortical activity elicited by the same stimuli...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Adam E Fleischer, Shenche Hshieh, Ryan T Crews, Brett J Waverly, Jacob M Jones, Erin E Klein, Lowell Weil, Lowell Scott Weil
BACKGROUND: Metatarsal length is believed to play a role in plantar plate dysfunction, although the mechanism through which progressive injury occurs is still uncertain. We aimed to clarify whether length of the second metatarsal was associated with increased plantar pressure measurements in the forefoot while walking. METHODS: Weightbearing radiographs and corresponding pedobarographic data from 100 patients in our practice walking without a limp were retrospectively reviewed...
January 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
Thomas DosʼSantos, Christopher Thomas, Paul A Jones, Paul Comfort
Dos'Santos, T, Thomas, C, Jones, PA, and Comfort, P. Asymmetries in isometric force-time characteristics are not detrimental to change of direction speed. J Strength Cond Res 32(2): 520-527, 2018-The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of between-limb asymmetries in isometric midthigh pull (IMTP) force-time characteristics on change of direction speed (CODS). Twenty multisport collegiate athletes (mean ± SD: age: 21.0 ± 1.9 years; mass: 78.7 ± 8.9 kg; and height: 1.77 ± 0.04 m) performed 3 unilateral stance IMTP trials per limb and 3 modified 505 CODS trials each side to establish imbalances between left and right and dominant (D) and nondominant (ND) limbs...
February 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
François Kneib, Thierry Faug, Gilles Nicolet, Nicolas Eckert, Mohamed Naaim, Frédéric Dufour
The force fluctuations experienced by a boundary wall subjected to a lid-driven cavity flow are investigated by means of numerical simulations based on the discrete-element method. The time-averaged dynamics inside the cavity volume and the resulting steady force on the wall are governed by the boundary macroscopic inertial number, the latter being derived from the shearing velocity and the confinement pressure imposed at the top. The force fluctuations are quantified through measuring both the autocorrelation of force time series and the distributions of grain-wall forces, at distinct spatial scales from particle scale to wall scale...
October 2017: Physical Review. E
Mihail G Chelu, Alan K Morris, Eugene G Kholmovski, Jordan B King, Gagandeep Kaur, Michelle A Silver, Joshua E Cates, Frederick T Han, Nassir F Marrouche
INTRODUCTION: Adequate catheter/atrial tissue contact is critical for lesion formation during radiofrequency (RF) ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). Late gadolinium enhancement magnetic resonance imaging (LGE-MRI) is a unique tool for the evaluation of lesion formation and detection of acute esophageal injury. METHODS: LGE-MRIs were obtained prior, within 24 hours of, and at 115±62 days after first AF ablation in 36 patients. The Visitag module of CARTO3 was used to collect contact force (CF) and duration from a CF sensing ablation catheter for each registered ablation point...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Lachlan P James, G Gregory Haff, Vincent G Kelly, Mark Connick, Ben Hoffman, Emma M Beckman
The purpose of this investigation was to determine if the magnitude of adaptation to integrated ballistic training is influenced by initial strength level. Such information is needed to inform resistance training guidelines for both higher- and lower-level athlete populations. To this end, two groups of distinctly different strength levels (stronger: one-repetition-maximum (1RM) squat = 2.01 ± 0.15 kg. BM-1 ; weaker: 1.20 ± 0.20 kg. BM-1 ) completed 10 weeks of resistance training incorporating weightlifting derivatives, plyometric actions and ballistic exercises...
December 27, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
Miroslav Kovarik, Vera Joskova, Anna Patkova, Vladimir Koblizek, Zdenek Zadak, Miloslav Hronek
Purpose: Patients with COPD present peripheral muscle dysfunction and atrophy, expressed as muscle strength and endurance reduction. The goal of this study was direct dynamometric assessment of hand grip endurance and strength in relation to the stage of disease, multidimensional predictors of mortality, and 6-minute walk test (6MWT). To the best of our knowledge, there has been no previous study determining these parameters. Patients and methods: In this observational study, 58 consecutive outpatients with stable COPD and 25 volunteers without respiratory problems were compared...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Nicholaus Meyers, Julian Schülke, Anita Ignatius, Lutz Claes
BACKGROUND: Distraction osteogenesis is a procedure widely used for the correction of large bone defects. However, a high complication rate persists, likely due to insufficient stability during maturation. Numerical fracture healing models predict bone regeneration under different mechanical conditions allowing fixation stiffness optimization. However, most models apply a linear elastic material law inappropriate for the transient stresses/strains present during limb lengthening or segment transport...
2017: PloS One
Silvio Lorenzetti, Fabian Ammann, Sabrina Windmüller, Ramona Häberle, Sören Müller, Micah Gross, Michael Plüss, Stefan Plüss, Berni Schödler, Klaus Hübner
As hill jumps are very time-consuming, ski jumping athletes often perform various imitation jumps during training. The performed jumps should be similar to hill jumps, but a direct comparison of the kinetic and kinematic parameters has not been performed yet. Therefore, this study aimed to correlate 11 common parameters during hill jumps (Oberstdorf Germany), squat jumps (wearing indoor shoes), and various imitation jumps (rolling 4°, rolling flat, static; jumping equipment or indoor shoes) on a custom-built instrumented vehicle with a catch by the coach...
November 22, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
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