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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319734/novel-mechanical-impact-simulator-designed-to-generate-clinically-relevant-anterior-cruciate-ligament-ruptures
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Nathaniel A Bates, Nathan D Schilaty, Christopher V Nagelli, Aaron J Krych, Timothy E Hewett
BACKGROUND: Over 250,000 anterior cruciate ligament ruptures occur each year; therefore, it is important to understand the underlying mechanisms of these injuries. The objective of the current investigation was to develop and analyze an impact test device that consistently produces anterior cruciate ligament failure in a clinically relevant manner. METHOD: A mechanical impact simulator was developed to simulate the ground reaction force impulse generated from landing in a physiologic and clinically relevant manner...
March 10, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315285/effects-of-plyometric-training-on-physical-fitness-in-prepuberal-soccer-athletes
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Yassine Negra, Helmi Chaabene, Senda Sammoud, Raja Bouguezzi, Mohamed Aymen Abbes, Younés Hachana, Urs Granacher
This study aimed at examining the effects of plyometric training on stable (SPT) vs. unstable (UPT) surfaces on physical fitness in prepuberal soccer players. Male athletes were randomly assigned to SPT (n=18; age=12.7±0.2 years) or UPT (n=16; age=12.2±0.5 years). Both groups conducted 3 regular soccer training sessions per week combined with either 2 SPT or UPT sessions. Assessment of jumping ability (countermovement jump [CMJ], and standing long jump [SLJ]), speed (10-m, 20-m, 30-m sprint), agility (Illinois agility test [IAT]), and balance (stable [SSBT], unstable [USBT] stork balance test; stable [SYBT], unstable [UYBT] Y balance test) was conducted pre-and post-training...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295634/the-utility-of-salivary-testosterone-and-cortisol-concentration-measures-for-assessing-the-stress-responses-of-junior-athletes-during-a-sporting-competition
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Blair T Crewther, Zbigniew Obmiński, Joanna Orysiak, Emad A S Al-Dujaili
BACKGROUND: This study examined the utility of salivary testosterone (T) and cortisol (C) concentration measures for assessing the acute stress responses of junior athletes during a sporting competition. METHODS: Paired capillary blood and saliva samples were taken from 71 junior athletes (45 males, 26 females) before and after a simulated Olympic weightlifting competition. The concentration measures of salivary T and C were referenced against blood total T (TT) and C (TC) concentrations...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287543/modified-drop-tower-impact-tests-for-american-football-helmets
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G Alston Rush, R Prabhu, Gus A Rush, Lakiesha N Williams, M F Horstemeyer
A modified National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) test method for American football helmet drop impact test standards is presented that would provide better assessment of a helmet's on-field impact performance by including a faceguard on the helmet. In this study, a merger of faceguard and helmet test standards is proposed. The need for a more robust systematic approach to football helmet testing procedures is emphasized by comparing representative results of the Head Injury Criterion (HIC), Severity Index (SI), and peak acceleration values for different helmets at different helmet locations under modified NOCSAE standard drop tower tests...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282749/visual-abilities-distinguish-pitchers-from-hitters-in-professional-baseball
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David Klemish, Benjamin Ramger, Kelly Vittetoe, Jerome P Reiter, Surya T Tokdar, Lawrence Gregory Appelbaum
This study aimed to evaluate the possibility that differences in sensorimotor abilities exist between hitters and pitchers in a large cohort of baseball players of varying levels of experience. Secondary data analysis was performed on 9 sensorimotor tasks comprising the Nike Sensory Station assessment battery. Bayesian hierarchical regression modelling was applied to test for differences between pitchers and hitters in data from 566 baseball players (112 high school, 85 college, 369 professional) collected at 20 testing centres...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282479/musculoskeletal-injury-profile-of-circus-artists-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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H Eg Wolfenden, M Angioi
BACKGROUND: The circus arts involve a high degree of acrobatic, athletic, and aesthetic ability with extreme physical demands placed on performers. An understanding of the injury profile is required to guide prevention. AIM: To provide the first systematic review to enhance understanding of circus-related injuries and to provide a foundation for future preventative intervention. METHODS: MEDLINE, Scopus, and Web of Science were searched from conception to March 2016 using key search terms relating to circus artists and injury...
March 2017: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236259/a-retrospective-cross-sectional-and-longitudinal-study-of-the-effects-of-age-on-cns-vital-signs-scores-in-high-school-athletes
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Sharon D Rogers, Patrick J Smith, Alexandra J Stephenson, D Erik Everhart
INTRODUCTION: Current recommendations for concussion management acknowledge the importance of objective assessments of neuropsychological (NP) ability, and computerized NP assessments have been widely integrated into the concussion management protocols of high schools. The optimal intervals for baseline test administration in high-school athletes are currently uncertain. The ability to accurately detect subtle NP deficits is particularly important for high-school athletes, in which concussions are increasingly recognized for adverse effects to the developing brain...
February 24, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217571/returning-to-sport-after-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-in-amateur-sports-men-a-retrospective-study
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Angela Notarnicola, Giuseppe Maccagnano, Federico Barletta, Leonardo Ascatigno, Leopoldo Astuto, Antonio Panella, Silvio Tafuri, Biagio Moretti
BACKGROUND: According to the literature, 95% of professional athletes return to their sport after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery. The main objective of this study was to verify the return to sport after ACL reconstruction in a homogenous group of amateur sportsmen and sportswomen in a series of Italian patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We designed a retrospective study in which we analyzed the amateur sports patients operated for ACL reconstruction...
October 2016: Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214098/is-perceived-athlete-leadership-quality-related-to-team-effectiveness-a-comparison-of-three-professional-sports-teams
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Katrien Fransen, S Alexander Haslam, Clifford J Mallett, Niklas K Steffens, Kim Peters, Filip Boen
OBJECTIVES: Researchers have argued that leadership is one of the most important determinants of team effectiveness. The present study examined the extent to which the perceived quality of athlete leadership was related to the effectiveness of elite sports teams. DESIGN: Three professional football teams (N=135) participated in our study during the preparation phase for the Australian 2016 season. METHODS: Players and coaching staff were asked to assess players' leadership quality in four leadership roles (as task, motivational, social, and external leader) via an online survey...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209597/athletic-groin-pain-part-2-a-prospective-cohort-study-on-the-biomechanical-evaluation-of-change-of-direction-identifies-three-clusters-of-movement-patterns
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A Franklyn-Miller, C Richter, E King, S Gore, K Moran, S Strike, E C Falvey
BACKGROUND: Athletic groin pain (AGP) is prevalent in sports involving repeated accelerations, decelerations, kicking and change-of-direction movements. Clinical and radiological examinations lack the ability to assess pathomechanics of AGP, but three-dimensional biomechanical movement analysis may be an important innovation. AIM: The primary aim was to describe and analyse movements used by patients with AGP during a maximum effort change-of-direction task. The secondary aim was to determine if specific anatomical diagnoses were related to a distinct movement strategy...
March 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187185/declines-in-marathon-performance-sex-differences-in-elite-and-recreational-athletes
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Gerald S Zavorsky, Kelly A Tomko, James M Smoliga
The first aim of this study was to determine the age group at which marathon performance declines in top male and female runners and to compare that to the runners of average ability. Another aim of this of this study was to examine the age-related yearly decline in marathon performance between age group winners and the average marathon finisher. Data from the New York (NYC), Boston, and Chicago marathons from 2001-2016 were analyzed. Age, sex, and location were used in multiple linear regression models to determine the rate of decline in marathon times...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186497/agility-in-young-athletes-is-it-a-different-ability-from-speed-and-power
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Yassine Negra, Helmi Chaabene, Mehréz Hammami, Samiha Amara, Senda Sammoud, Bessem Mkaouer, Younés Hachana
Negra, Y, Chaabene, H, Hammami, M, Amara, S, Sammoud, S, Mkaouer, B, and Hachana, Y. Agility in young athletes: is it a different ability from speed and power? J Strength Cond Res 31(3): 727-735, 2017-Agility is an important physical attribute for successful participation in team sports events. Illinois agility test (IAT) and T-test have been widely used within adult team sports players to assess agility performance. The purposes of this investigation are (a) to study the reliability and the sensitivity of both IAT and T-test scores and (b) to explore to what extend the agility is an independent physical ability from speed time and jumping ability...
March 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182510/the-effect-of-plyometric-training-volume-in-prepubertal-male-soccer-players-athletic-performance
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Helmi Chaabene, Yassine Negra
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess and to compare the effects of 8-weeks in-season (2 sessions per-week) low and high-volume plyometric training (PT) on measures of physical fitness in prepubertal male soccer players. METHODS: A total of twenty-five soccer players were randomly assigned to low-volume plyometric training group (LPT; n=13; age = 12.68 ± 0.23 years; age at peak height velocity (APHV) = 14.25 ± 0.29 years, maturity-offset = -1.57 ± 0.29 years) and high-volume plyometric training group (HPT; n=12; age = 12...
February 9, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121198/supercompensation-kinetics-of-physical-qualities-during-a-taper-in-team-sport-athletes
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Bruno Marrier, Julien Robineau, Julien Piscione, Mathieu Lacome, Alexis Peeters, Christophe Hausswirth, Jean-Benoît Morin, Yann Le Meur
PURPOSE: Peaking for major competition is considered critical for maximizing team sports performance. However, there is little scientific information available to guide coaches in prescribing efficient tapering strategies for team sports players. The aim of this study was to monitor the changes in physical performance in elite team sports players during a 3-week taper following a pre-season training camp. METHODS: Ten male international rugby sevens players were tested before (Pre) and after (Post) a 4-week pre-season training camp focusing on high-intensity training and strength training with moderate loads, and once each week during a subsequent 3-week taper (T1, T2, T3)...
January 25, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114431/jump-squat-and-half-squat-exercises-selective-influences-on-speed-power-performance-of-elite-rugby-sevens-players
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Irineu Loturco, Lucas A Pereira, José E Moraes, Katia Kitamura, César C Cal Abad, Ronaldo Kobal, Fábio Y Nakamura
The aim of this study was to evaluate the relation between the maximum mean propulsive power (MPP) obtained in the loaded jump squat (JS) and half squat (HS) exercises and functional performances in vertical jumps, 40 m linear speed (VEL) and change-of-direction (COD) tests, using the median split technique. Twenty-two male rugby sevens players from the Brazilian National Olympic Team (Rio-2016) performed vertical jumping tests (squat and countermovement jumps [SJ and CMJ]), JS and HS exercises, COD speed test and sprinting velocity in 40 m, in this order...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111337/worse-outcomes-of-patients-with-hfe-hemochromatosis-with-persistent-increases-in-transferrin-saturation-during-maintenance-therapy
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Edouard Bardou-Jacquet, Fabrice Lainé, Pascal Guggenbuhl, Jeff Morcet, Caroline Jézéquel, Dominique Guyader, Romain Moirand, Yves Deugnier
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Even if patients with hemochromatosis maintain low serum levels of ferritin, they still have an increased risk of general and joint symptoms, which reduce quality of life. This could be related to persistently increased transferrin saturation. We assessed whether duration of exposure to increased transferrin saturation during maintenance therapy is associated with more severe general and joint symptoms. METHODS: We performed a longitudinal cohort study of 266 individuals homozygous for the C282Y substitution in HFE, seen at a tertiary reference center in Rennes, France, and followed for 3 or more years after initial iron removal...
January 19, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094488/effects-of-leg-contrast-strength-training-on-sprint-agility-and-repeated-change-of-direction-performance-in-male-soccer-players
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Mehréz Hammami, Yassine Negra, Roy J Shephard, Mohamed Souhaiel Chelly
BACKGROUND: Contrast training is popular technique among individuals who are involved in dynamic sports, having as its goal an increase in dynamic muscular performance. It is characterized by the use of high and low loads in the same strength training session. The present investigation aimed to determine the effects of adding 8--weeks of contrast strength training (CSTP) to regular soccer practice in U--17 male soccer players during the competitive season. We hypothesized that CSTP would enhance their performance...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090147/regression-shrinkage-and-neural-models-in-predicting-the-results-of-400-metres-hurdles-races
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K Przednowek, J Iskra, A Maszczyk, M Nawrocka
This study presents the application of regression shrinkage and artificial neural networks in predicting the results of 400-metres hurdles races. The regression models predict the results for suggested training loads in the selected three-month training period. The material of the research was based on training data of 21 Polish hurdlers from the Polish National Athletics Team Association. The athletes were characterized by a high level of performance. To assess the predictive ability of the constructed models a method of leave-one-out cross-validation was used...
December 2016: Biology of Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065584/mechanical-dispersion-by-strain-echocardiography-a-novel-tool-to-diagnose-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-in-athletes
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Frédéric Schnell, David Matelot, Magalie Daudin, Gaelle Kervio, Philippe Mabo, François Carré, Erwan Donal
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have demonstrated that global longitudinal strain (GLS) is altered in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in comparison with athletes. Nevertheless, these results rely on studies comparing sedentary patients with HCM with healthy athletes. The aims of this study were to confirm these findings in an appropriate group of athletes with HCM and to study the additive value of novel parameters (i.e., mechanical dispersion and exercise GLS). METHODS: Thirty-six athletes with HCM were prospectively included and were compared with 36 sedentary patients with HCM, 36 healthy athletes, and 36 sedentary control subjects of similar age...
March 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991484/relationship-between-the-handball-specific-complex-test-and-intermittent-field-test-performance-in-elite-professional-handball-players
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René Schwesig, Souhail Hermassi, Birgit Hoffmeyer, Lars Irlenbusch, Georg Fieseler, Frank Noack, Karl S Delank, Tim J Gabbett, Mohamed S Chelly
BACKGROUND: We investigated the relationship between the handball complex-test (HBCT) and two selected field tests in elite handball players. METHODS: Twenty one handball players (age: 25.2 ± 5.1 years) from the First Professional German League completed; the HBCT performed twice, total distance (TD) covered in the Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test and repeated shuttle sprint ability (RSA) (6 x (15 + 15 m)) starting every 20 s. RSA results were evaluated in three ways: best time (RSAbest), total time (RSATT) and decrement (RSAdec)...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
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