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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550423/tactile-feedback-is-an-effective-instrument-for-the-training-of-grasping-with-a-prosthesis-at-low-and-medium-force-levels
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Alessandro Marco De Nunzio, Strahinja Dosen, Sabrina Lemling, Marko Markovic, Meike Annika Schweisfurth, Nan Ge, Bernhard Graimann, Deborah Falla, Dario Farina
Grasping is a complex task routinely performed in an anticipatory (feedforward) manner, where sensory feedback is responsible for learning and updating the internal model of grasp dynamics. This study aims at evaluating whether providing a proportional tactile force feedback during the myoelectric control of a prosthesis facilitates learning a stable internal model of the prosthesis force control. Ten able-bodied subjects controlled a sensorized myoelectric prosthesis performing four blocks of consecutive grasps at three levels of target force (30, 50, and 70%), repeatedly closing the fully opened hand...
May 26, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545424/suicide-attempts-in-u-s-army-combat-arms-special-forces-and-combat-medics
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Robert J Ursano, Ronald C Kessler, James A Naifeh, Holly Herberman Mash, Carol S Fullerton, Tsz Hin Hinz Ng, Pablo A Aliaga, Gary H Wynn, Hieu M Dinh, James E McCarroll, Nancy A Sampson, Tzu-Cheg Kao, Michael Schoenbaum, Steven G Heeringa, Murray B Stein
BACKGROUND: The U.S. Army suicide attempt rate increased sharply during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Risk may vary according to occupation, which significantly influences the stressors that soldiers experience. METHODS: Using administrative data from the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS), we identified person-month records for all active duty Regular Army enlisted soldiers who had a medically documented suicide attempt from 2004 through 2009 (n = 9650) and an equal-probability sample of control person-months (n = 153,528)...
May 25, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544316/negating-the-fulcrum-effect-in-manual-laparoscopic-surgery-investigating-skill-acquisition-with-a-haptic-simulator
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Adam J Spiers, Sarah Baillie, Tony G Pipe, George Asimakopolous
BACKGROUND: Manual laparoscopic surgery requires extensive training and familiarization. It has been suggested that motion inversion caused by the 'fulcrum effect' is key to motor challenges. We investigate the potential of a conceptual semi-robotic handheld tool that negates natural inversion. METHODS: A custom laparoscopic simulator with haptic feedback was developed to allow interactive evaluation of the conceptual tool via virtual prototyping, prior to fabricating a physical prototype...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Medical Robotics + Computer Assisted Surgery: MRCAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543790/are-heart-rate-monitors-valuable-tools-for-diagnosing-arrhythmias-in-endurance-athletes
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Robert Gajda, Elżbieta Katarzyna Biernacka, Wojciech Drygas
Millions of physically active individuals worldwide use heart rate monitors (HRMs) to control their exercise intensity. In many cases, the HRM indicates an unusually high heart rate (HR) or even arrhythmias during training. Unfortunately, studies assessing the reliability of these devices to help control HR disturbances during exercise do not exist. We examined 142 regularly training endurance runners and cyclists, aged 18-51, with unexplained HR abnormalities indicated by various HRMs to assess the utility of HRMs in diagnosing exertion-induced arrhythmias...
May 19, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543684/multiparity-modifies-contractile-properties-of-pelvic-muscles-affecting-the-genesis-of-vaginal-pressure-in-rabbits
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Rhode López-Juárez, René Zempoalteca, Dora Luz Corona-Quintanilla, Ismael Jiménez-Estrada, Francisco Castelán, Margarita Martínez-Gómez
AIMS: To characterize the contractile properties of the bulbospongiosus (Bsm), isquiocavernosus (Ism), and pubococcygeus muscles (Pcm), and their involvement in the genesis of vaginal pressure in nulliparous and multiparous rabbits. METHODS: Age-matched nulliparous and multiparous rabbits were used to record the isometric contractile responses of each muscle as well as the intravaginal pressure evoked by single square electrical pulses and stimulation trains of ascending frequency...
May 24, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542276/effect-of-combined-actions-of-hip-adduction-abduction-on-the-force-generation-and-maintenance-of-pelvic-floor-muscles-in-healthy-women
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Amanda C Amorim, Licia P Cacciari, Anice C Passaro, Simone R B Silveira, Cesar F Amorim, Jefferson F Loss, Isabel C N Sacco
Pelvic floor muscle (PFM) force and coordination are related to urinary incontinence severity and to sexual satisfaction. Health professionals frequently combine classic PFM exercises with hip adduction/abduction contraction to treat these disorders, but the real benefits of this practice are still unknown. Based on a theoretical anatomy approach whereby the levator ani muscle is inserted into the obturator internus myofascia and in which force generated by hip movements should increase the contraction quality of PFMs, our aim was to investigate the effects of isometric hip adduction and abduction on PFM force generation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539143/incidence-of-g-induced-loss-of-consciousness-and-almost-loss-of-consciousness-in-the-royal-air-force
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Ellen Slungaard, Judith McLeod, Nicholas D C Green, Amit Kiran, Di J Newham, Stephen D R Harridge
INTRODUCTION: Exposure to sustained +Gz acceleration with inadequate G protection can result in G-induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC) or almost loss of consciousness (A-LOC). The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) last conducted a survey of G-LOC within their military aircrew in 2005 with interventions subsequently introduced. The aim of this study was to repeat the 2005 survey in order to evaluate the impact of those interventions. METHODS: An anonymous questionnaire requesting details of G-LOC and A-LOC events was mailed to all RAF pilots (N = 1878) and weapons systems operators (WSOs) (N = 473), irrespective of aircraft currently flown...
June 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538322/manifestations-of-proprioception-during-vertical-jumps-to-specific-heights
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Artur Struzik, Bogdan Pietraszewski, Adam Kawczyński, Sławomir Winiarski, Grzegorz Juras, Andrzej Rokita
Artur, S, Bogdan, P, Kawczyński, A, Winiarski, S, Grzegorz, J, and Andrzej, R. Manifestations of proprioception during vertical jumps to specific heights. J Strength Cond Res 31(6): 1694-1701, 2017-Jumping and proprioception are important abilities in many sports. The efficiency of the proprioceptive system is indirectly related to jumps performed at specified heights. Therefore, this study recorded the ability of young athletes who play team sports to jump to a specific height compared with their maximum ability...
June 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538317/effects-of-inertial-setting-on-power-force-work-and-eccentric-overload-during-flywheel-resistance-exercise-in-women-and-men
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Luis M Martinez-Aranda, Rodrigo Fernandez-Gonzalo
Martinez-Aranda, LM and Fernandez-Gonzalo, R. Effects of inertial setting on power, force, work and eccentric overload during flywheel resistance exercise in women and men. J Strength Cond Res 31(6): 1653-1661, 2017-Exercise load is a key component in determining end-point adaptations to resistance exercise. Yet, there is no information regarding the use of different inertia (i.e., loads) during isoinertial flywheel resistance exercise, a very popular high-intensity training model. Thus, this study examined power, work, force, and eccentric overload produced during flywheel resistance exercise with different inertial settings in men and women...
June 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538316/load-absorption-force-time-characteristics-following-the-second-pull-of-weightlifting-derivatives
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Timothy J Suchomel, Jason P Lake, Paul Comfort
Suchomel, TJ, Lake, JP, and Comfort, P. Load absorption force-time characteristics following the second pull of weightlifting derivatives. J Strength Cond Res 31(6): 1644-1652, 2017-The purpose of this study was to compare the load absorption force-time characteristics of weightlifting catching and pulling derivatives. Twelve resistance-trained men performed repetitions of the hang power clean (HPC), jump shrug (JS), and hang high pull (HHP) on a force platform with 30, 45, 65, and 80% of their 1-repetition maximum HPC...
June 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538313/the-effects-of-accentuated-eccentric-loading-on-the-drop-jump-exercise-and-the-subsequent-postactivation-potentiation-response
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Lee A Bridgeman, Michael R McGuigan, Nicholas D Gill, Deborah K Dulson
Bridgeman, LA, McGuigan, MR, Gill, ND, and Dulson, DK. The effects of accentuated eccentric loading on the drop jump exercise and the subsequent postactivation potentiation response. J Strength Cond Res 31(6): 1620-1626, 2017-The aims of this study were (a) to investigate the acute effects of different drop jump (DJ) accentuated eccentric loading (AEL) protocols and (b) to investigate the effect of these AEL DJ protocols on subsequent countermovement jump (CMJ) performance. The subjects were 12 strength-trained athletes; initially, baseline CMJ performance was assessed and individual optimal DJ drop height identified...
June 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538312/skeletal-muscle-contraction-time-and-tone-decrease-after-8-weeks-of-plyometric-training
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Damir Zubac, Boštjan Šimunič
Zubac, D and Šimunič, B. Skeletal muscle contraction time and tone decrease after 8 weeks of plyometric training. J Strength Cond Res 31(6): 1610-1619, 2017-The aim of the study was to examine whether an improvement in jumping performance after 8 weeks of plyometric training (PT) runs in parallel with changes in lower-limb skeletal muscle contractile properties. Using noninvasive tensiomyography (TMG), we assessed contraction time (Tc) and the maximal amplitude of radial displacement (Dm) in 20 subjects (50% men; age 22...
June 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538306/effects-of-sparring-load-on-reaction-speed-and-punch-force-during-the-precompetition-and-competition-periods-in-boxing
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Esa Hukkanen, Keijo Häkkinen
Hukkanen, E and Häkkinen, K. Effects of sparring load on reaction speed and punch force during the precompetition and competition periods in boxing. J Strength Cond Res 31(6): 1563-1568, 2017-Seven, male, national-level boxers (age, 20.3 ± 2.7 years; height, 1.80 ± 0.06 m; mass, 73.8 ± 11.1 kg) participated in this study to investigate the effects of sparring on reaction time and punch force of straight punches measured during the precompetition and competition periods. Heart rate and blood lactate concentrations were also monitored...
June 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533585/comparison-of-abdominal-muscle-activity-and-peak-expiratory-flow-between-forced-vital-capacity-and-fast-expiration-exercise
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Hiroshi Ishida, Tadanobu Suehiro, Susumu Watanabe
[Purpose] The purpose of this investigation was to compare the activities of the abdominal muscles and peak expiratory flow between forced vital capacity and fast expiration exercise. [Subjects and Methods] Fifteen healthy male participated in this study. Peak expiratory flow and electromyographic activities of the rectus abdominis, external oblique, and internal oblique/transversus abdominis muscles were measured during forced vital capacity and fast expiration exercise and then peak amplitude and its appearance time were obtained...
April 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528447/a-single-bout-of-endurance-exercise-modulates-eeg-microstates-temporal-features
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Jérôme N Spring, Miralena I Tomescu, Jérôme Barral
Electrical neuroimaging is a promising method to explore the spontaneous brain function after physical exercise. The present study aims to investigate the effect of acute physical exercise on the temporal dynamic of the resting brain activity captured by the four conventional map topographies (microstates) described in the literature, and to associate these brain changes with the post-exercise neuromuscular function. Twenty endurance-trained subjects performed a 30-min biking task at 60% of their maximal aerobic power followed by a 10 km all-out time trial...
May 20, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527223/muscle-co-contraction-patterns-in-robot-mediated-force-field-learning-to-guide-specific-muscle-group-training
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Sara Pizzamiglio, Adela Desowska, Pegah Shojaii, Myriam Taga, Duncan L Turner
BACKGROUND: Muscle co-contraction is a strategy of increasing movement accuracy and stability employed in dealing with perturbation of movement. It is often seen in neuropathological populations. The direction of movement influences the pattern of co-contraction, but not all movements are easily achievable for populations with motor deficits. Manipulating the direction of the force instead, may be a promising rehabilitation protocol to train movement with use of a co-contraction reduction strategy...
May 19, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522976/trunk-muscle-activity-during-drop-jump-performance-in-adolescent-athletes-with-back-pain
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Steffen Mueller, Josefine Stoll, Juliane Mueller, Michael Cassel, Frank Mayer
In the context of back pain, great emphasis has been placed on the importance of trunk stability, especially in situations requiring compensation of repetitive, intense loading induced during high-performance activities, e.g., jumping or landing. This study aims to evaluate trunk muscle activity during drop jump in adolescent athletes with back pain (BP) compared to athletes without back pain (NBP). Eleven adolescent athletes suffering back pain (BP: m/f: n = 4/7; 15.9 ± 1.3 y; 176 ± 11 cm; 68 ± 11 kg; 12...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518002/cognitive-evaluation-of-israeli-air-force-pilot-cadets
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Shirley Gordon, Chen Goren, Erez Carmon, Leah Shelef
OBJECTIVE: In aviation psychology, there is a constant need for the cognitive evaluation of pilots as part of operational fitness and safety criteria. METHODS: A cross-sectional study with comparison between the performance of Israeli Air Force pilot cadets (N = 318) and U.S. Air Force pilot training candidates (N = 512) as assessed by a cognitive battery was undertaken. The data of the comparison group was collected from Callister, King, and Retzlaff, as published in 1996...
April 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513280/application-of-acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-arfi-elastography-in-imaging-of-delayed-onset-muscle-soreness-doms-a-comparative-analysis-with-3t-mri
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Thilo Hotfiel, Marion Kellermann, Bernd Swoboda, Dane Wildner, Tobias Golditz, Casper Grim, Martin Raithel, Michael Uder, Rafael Heiss
CONTEXT: DOMS is one of the most common reasons for impaired muscle performance in sports and is associated with reduced muscle strength and frequently observed both in professional and recreational athletes. OBJECTIVE: To emphasize the diagnostic value of Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) in imaging of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness by comparing findings to high-resolution 3T MRI T2 weighted sequences. DESIGN: Case series. SETTING: Laboratory environment...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508076/machine-learning-of-accurate-energy-conserving-molecular-force-fields
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Stefan Chmiela, Alexandre Tkatchenko, Huziel E Sauceda, Igor Poltavsky, Kristof T Schütt, Klaus-Robert Müller
Using conservation of energy-a fundamental property of closed classical and quantum mechanical systems-we develop an efficient gradient-domain machine learning (GDML) approach to construct accurate molecular force fields using a restricted number of samples from ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) trajectories. The GDML implementation is able to reproduce global potential energy surfaces of intermediate-sized molecules with an accuracy of 0.3 kcal mol(-1) for energies and 1 kcal mol(-1) Å̊(-1) for atomic forces using only 1000 conformational geometries for training...
May 2017: Science Advances
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