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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110165/pulling-a-school-trolley-a-good-kinematic-option-for-children
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Eva Orantes-Gonzalez, Jose Heredia-Jimenez
This study analyzed the kinematic gait parameters associated with pulling a school trolley with different loads and the effects of the type of packing device user (backpack vs. trolley) and body side (loadedunloaded). Methods Fifty-three elementary subjects walked at a selfselected speed under four experimental conditions: without a trolley and pulling a trolley with 10%, 15% and 20% of the subject́s body weight (BW). Averages and standard deviations of spatiotemporal gait parameters and 3D kinematics of the lower limbs and thorax were obtained for the loaded and unloaded sides of the body...
January 15, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110146/enhanced-arm-swing-alters-interlimb-coordination-during-overground-walking-in-individuals-with-traumatic-brain-injury
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Ksenia I Ustinova, Joseph E Langenderfer, Nilanthy Balendra
The current study investigated interlimb coordination in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) during overground walking. The study involved 10 participants with coordination, balance, and gait abnormalities post-TBI, as well as 10 sex- and age-matched healthy control individuals. Participants walked 12m under two experimental conditions: 1) at self-selected comfortable walking speeds; and 2) with instructions to increase the amplitude and out-of-phase coordination of arm swinging. The gait was assessed with a set of spatiotemporal and kinematic parameters including the gait velocity, step length and width, double support time, lateral displacement of the center of mass, the amplitude of horizontal trunk rotation, and angular motions at shoulder and hip joints in sagittal plane...
January 19, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108943/is-the-assessment-of-5-meters-of-gait-with-a-single-body-fixed-sensor-enough-to-recognize-idiopathic-parkinson-s-disease-associated-gait
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M E Micó-Amigo, I Kingma, G S Faber, A Kunikoshi, J M T van Uem, R C van Lummel, W Maetzler, J H van Dieën
Quantitative assessment of gait in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) is an important step in addressing motor symptoms and improving clinical management. Based on the assessment of only 5 meters of gait with a single body-fixed-sensor placed on the lower back, this study presents a method for the identification of step-by-step kinematic parameters in 14 healthy controls and in 28 patients at early-to-moderate stages of idiopathic PD. Differences between groups in step-by-step kinematic parameters were evaluated to understand gait impairments in the PD group...
January 20, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108669/developmental-differences-in-dynamic-muscle-tendon-behavior-implications-for-movement-efficiency
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C M Waugh, T Korff, A J Blazevich
Children perform cyclic motor tasks less efficiently than adults, however the mechanisms underlying such differences are not fully understood. One mechanism that may contribute these age-related differences is a differential contribution of muscles and tendons to a given muscle tendon unit (MTU) excursion. The aims of this study were to a) compare muscle and tendon excursion between children and adults performing vertical hopping, and b) determine if children and adults choose a hopping frequency that maximizes movement efficiency, based on the utilization of energy-saving mechanisms...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108017/influence-of-kinematics-on-the-wear-of-a-total-ankle-replacement
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Alexandra Smyth, John Fisher, Silvia Suñer, Claire Brockett
Total ankle replacement (TAR) is an alternative to fusion, replacing the degenerated joint with a mechanical motion-preserving alternative. Minimal pre-clinical testing has been reported to date and existing wear testing standards lack definition. Ankle gait is complex, therefore the aim of this study was to investigate the effect on wear of a range of different ankle gait kinematic inputs. Five Zenith (Corin Group) TARs were tested in a modified knee simulator for twelve million cycles (Mc). Different combinations of IR rotation and AP displacement were applied every 2Mc to understand the effects of the individual kinematics...
January 8, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107802/movement-kinematics-of-the-ipsilesional-upper-extremity-in-persons-with-moderate-or-mild-stroke
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Eva-Lena Bustrén, Katharina Stibrant Sunnerhagen, Margit Alt Murphy
BACKGROUND: An increasing number of studies have indicated that the ipsilesional arm may be impaired after stroke. There is, however, a lack of knowledge whether ipsilesional deficits influence movement performance during purposeful daily tasks. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate whether, and to what extent, movement impairments are present while performing an ipsilesional upper extremity task during the first 3 months after stroke. METHODS: Movement kinematics describing movement time, smoothness, velocity, strategy, and pattern were captured during a standardized drinking task in 40 persons with first-ever stroke and 20 controls...
January 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107113/the-relationship-between-pitching-mechanics-and-injury
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Peter N Chalmers, Markus A Wimmer, Nikhil N Verma, Brian J Cole, Anthony A Romeo, Gregory L Cvetanovich, Michael L Pearl
CONTEXT: The overhand pitch is one of the fastest known human motions and places enormous forces and torques on the upper extremity. Shoulder and elbow pain and injury are common in high-level pitchers. A large body of research has been conducted to understand the pitching motion. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A comprehensive review of the literature was performed to gain a full understanding of all currently available biomechanical and clinical evidence surrounding pitching motion analysis...
January 1, 2017: Sports Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106763/development-of-a-gnss-buoy-for-monitoring-water-surface-elevations-in-estuaries-and-coastal-areas
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Yen-Pin Lin, Ching-Jer Huang, Sheng-Hsueh Chen, Dong-Jiing Doong, Chia Chuen Kao
In this work, a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) buoy that utilizes a Virtual Base Station (VBS) combined with the Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) positioning technology was developed to monitor water surface elevations in estuaries and coastal areas. The GNSS buoy includes a buoy hull, a RTK GNSS receiver, data-transmission devices, a data logger, and General Purpose Radio Service (GPRS) modems for transmitting data to the desired land locations. Laboratory and field tests were conducted to test the capability of the buoy and verify the accuracy of the monitored water surface elevations...
January 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105945/assessment-of-transfemoral-amputees-using-a-passive-microprocessor-controlled-knee-versus-an-active-powered-microprocessor-controlled-knee-for-level-walking
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Veerle Creylman, Ingrid Knippels, Paul Janssen, Evelyne Biesbrouck, Knut Lechler, Louis Peeraer
BACKGROUND: In transfemoral (TF) amputees, the forward propulsion of the prosthetic leg in swing has to be mainly carried out by hip muscles. With hip strength being the strongest predictor to ambulation ability, an active powered knee joint could have a positive influence, lowering hip loading and contributing to ambulation mobility. To assess this, gait of four TF amputees was measured for level walking, first while using a passive microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knee (P-MPK), subsequently while using an active powered microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knee (A-MPK)...
December 19, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105865/lower-extremity-variability-changes-with-drop-landing-height-manipulations
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Andrew D Nordin, Janet S Dufek
Landing is a common lower extremity injury mechanism in sport, with potential connections to movement control accessed through variability measures. We investigated intra-subject lower extremity variability changes following drop-landing height manipulations using standard deviation (SD) and coefficient of variation (CV) among lower extremity peak sagittal joint angles and moments. Fourteen healthy participants completed five drop-landing trials from five heights 20%, 60%, 100%, 140% and 180% maximum vertical jump height (MVJH)...
January 20, 2017: Research in Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104245/assessing-kinematics-and-kinetics-of-functional-electrical-stimulation-rowing
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Adina E Draghici, Glen Picard, J Andrew Taylor, Sandra J Shefelbine
Hybrid functional electrical stimulation (FES) rowing has positive effects on cardiovascular fitness, producing significantly greater aerobic power than either upper body or FES exercise alone. However, there is minimal information on the kinematics, kinetics, and mechanical efficiency of FES-rowing in the spinal cord injured (SCI) population. This study examined the biomechanics of FES-rowing to determine how motions, forces, and aerobic demand change with increasing intensity. Six individuals with SCI and six able-bodied subjects performed a progressive aerobic capacity rowing test...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103545/a-multimodal-speech-capture-system-for-speech-rehabilitation-and-learning
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Nordine Sebkhi, Dhyey Desai, Mohammad Islam, Jun Lu, Kimberly Wilson, Maysam Ghovanloo
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are trained to correct articulation of people diagnosed with motor speech disorders by analyzing articulators' motion and assessing speech outcome while patients speak. To assist SLPs in this task, we are presenting the Multimodal Speech Capture System (MSCS) that records and displays kinematics of key speech articulators, the tongue and lips, along with voice, using unobtrusive methods. Collected speech modalities, tongue motion, lips gestures, and voice, are visualized not only in real-time to provide patients with instant feedback but also offline to allow SLPs to perform post-analysis of articulators' motion, particularly the tongue, with its prominent but hardly visible role in articulation...
January 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103299/walking-through-apertures-in-individuals-with-stroke
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Daisuke Muroi, Yasuhiro Hiroi, Teruaki Koshiba, Yohei Suzuki, Masahiro Kawaki, Takahiro Higuchi
OBJECTIVE: Walking through a narrow aperture requires unique postural configurations, i.e., body rotation in the yaw dimension. Stroke individuals may have difficulty performing the body rotations due to motor paralysis on one side of their body. The present study was therefore designed to investigate how successfully such individuals walk through apertures and how they perform body rotation behavior. METHOD: Stroke fallers (n = 10), stroke non-fallers (n = 13), and healthy controls (n = 23) participated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102701/the-effect-of-pre-crash-velocity-reduction-on-occupant-response-using-a-human-body-finite-element-model
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B Guleyupoglu, J Schap, K D Kusano, F S Gayzik
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to use a validated finite element model of the human body and a certified model of an ATD to evaluate the effect of simulated pre-crash braking on driver kinematics, restraint loads, body loads and computed injury criteria in four commonly-injured body regions. METHODS: The Global Human Body Models Consortium (GHBMC) 50th percentile male occupant (M50-O) and the Humanetics Hybrid-III 50(th) percentile models were gravity settled in the driver position of a generic interior equipped with an advanced three point belt and driver airbag...
January 19, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102309/integration-of-visual-and-joint-information-to-enable-linear-reaching-motions
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Henry Eberle, Slawomir J Nasuto, Yoshikatsu Hayashi
A new dynamics-driven control law was developed for a robot arm, based on the feedback control law which uses the linear transformation directly from work space to joint space. This was validated using a simulation of a two-joint planar robot arm and an optimisation algorithm was used to find the optimum matrix to generate straight trajectories of the end-effector in the work space. We found that this linear matrix can be decomposed into the rotation matrix representing the orientation of the goal direction and the joint relation matrix (MJRM) representing the joint response to errors in the Cartesian work space...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100817/mechanical-sensitivity-and-the-dynamics-of-evolutionary-rate-shifts-in-biomechanical-systems
#16
Martha M Muñoz, Philip S L Anderson, S N Patek
The influence of biophysical relationships on rates of morphological evolution is a cornerstone of evolutionary theory. Mechanical sensitivity-the correlation strength between mechanical output and the system's underlying morphological components-is thought to impact the evolutionary dynamics of form-function relationships, yet has rarely been examined. Here, we compare the evolutionary rates of the mechanical components of the four-bar linkage system in the raptorial appendage of mantis shrimp (Order Stomatopoda)...
January 25, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100656/perceptual-attraction-in-tool-use-evidence-for-a-reliability-based-weighting-mechanism
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Nienke B Debats, Marc O Ernst, Herbert Heuer
Humans are well able to operate tools whereby their hand movement is linked, via a kinematic transformation, to a spatially distant object moving in a separate plane of motion. An everyday example is controlling a cursor on a computer monitor. Despite these separate reference frames, the perceived positions of the hand and the object were found to be biased towards each other. We propose that this perceptual attraction is based on the principles by which the brain integrates redundant sensory information of single objects or events, known as optimal multisensory integration...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100406/modeling-of-path-planning-and-needle-steering-with-path-tracking-in-anatomical-soft-tissues-for-minimally-invasive-surgery
#18
Pan Li, Shan Jiang, Dong Liang, Zhiyong Yang, Yan Yu, Wei Wang
Steerable needles can potentially improve the effectiveness of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, such as biopsy and cancer treatment, by increasing the targeting accuracy and reaching previously inaccessible targets. A discrete potential field algorithm based on three dimensional (3D) anatomical structures is proposed in this paper to plan the needle path in minimally invasive surgery. A 3D kinematic model of needle steering is formulated using Lie group theory. Model parameters are fitted using experimental data acquired via a 2-degree of freedom robotic device and an ultrasound imaging device...
January 16, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100095/shoulder-kinetics-during-start-up-and-propulsion-with-a-manual-wheelchair-within-the-initial-phase-of-uninstructed-training
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Samuel Hybois, Alice Siegel, Joseph Bascou, Nicolas Eydieux, Philippe Vaslin, Hélène Pillet, Pascale Fodé, Christophe Sauret
PURPOSE: Wheelchair locomotion is constraining for the upper limbs and involves a set of motor tasks that need to be learnt by a novice user. To understand this integration process, we investigated the evolution of shoulder kinetics during start-up and propulsion within the initial phase of low-intensity uninstructed training. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventeen novice able-bodied subjects performed a 120-min uninstructed practice distributed over 4 weeks. During the initial and final sessions, upper limbs kinematics and hand-rim kinetics were continuously collected...
January 19, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099517/walking-on-a-vertically-oscillating-treadmill-phase-synchronization-and-gait-kinematics
#20
Jeff A Nessler, Severne Heredia, Jacques Bélair, John Milton
Sensory motor synchronization can be used to alter gait behavior. This type of therapy may be useful in a rehabilitative setting, though several questions remain regarding the most effective way to promote and sustain synchronization. The purpose of this study was to describe a new technique for using synchronization to influence a person's gait and to compare walking behavior under this paradigm with that of side by side walking. Thirty one subjects walked on a motorized treadmill that was placed on a platform that oscillated vertically at various frequencies and amplitudes...
2017: PloS One
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