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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915225/development-of-a-novel-virtual-reality-gait-intervention
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Anna E Boone, Matthew H Foreman, Jack R Engsberg
INTRODUCTION: Improving gait speed and kinematics can be a time consuming and tiresome process. We hypothesize that incorporating virtual reality videogame play into variable improvement goals will improve levels of enjoyment and motivation and lead to improved gait performance. PURPOSE: To develop a feasible, engaging, VR gait intervention for improving gait variables. METHODS: Completing this investigation involved four steps: 1) identify gait variables that could be manipulated to improve gait speed and kinematics using the Microsoft Kinect and free software, 2) identify free internet videogames that could successfully manipulate the chosen gait variables, 3) experimentally evaluate the ability of the videogames and software to manipulate the gait variables, and 4) evaluate the enjoyment and motivation from a small sample of persons without disability...
November 14, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915223/children-require-less-gait-kinematic-adaptations-to-pull-a-trolley-than-to-carry-a-backpack
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Eva Orantes-Gonzalez, Jose Heredia-Jimenez, George J Beneck
To transport school materials, trolleys have been proposed for children as an alternative to carrying a backpack. However, there is limited evidence comparing the adaptations associated with carrying school trolley versus backpack. This study compared the effects of carrying a backpack and pulling a trolley on gait kinematics in children. Fifty-three students were evaluated. Children walked at self-selected speeds across a walkway with no bag (control), carrying a backpack with the 15% of child́s body weight (%BW) and pulling a trolley with the same load...
November 28, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915152/goal-equivalent-manifold-analysis-of-task-performance-in-non-specific-lbp-and-healthy-subjects-during-repetitive-trunk-movement-effect-of-load-velocity-symmetry
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Mahshid Chehrehrazi, Mohammad Ali Sanjari, Hamid Reza Mokhtarinia, Ali Ashraf Jamshidi, Nader Maroufi, Mohamad Parnianpour
Motor abundance allows reliability of motor performance despite its variability. The nature of this variability provides important information on the flexibility of control strategies. This feature of control may be affected by low back pain (LPB) and trunk flexion/extension conditions. Goal equivalent manifold (GEM) analysis was used to quantify the ability to exploit motor abundance during repeated trunk flexion/extension in healthy individuals and people with chronic non-specific LBP (CNSLBP). Kinematic data were collected from 22 healthy volunteers and 22 CNSLBP patients during metronomically timed, repeated trunk flexion/extension in three conditions of symmetry, velocity, and loading; each at two levels...
December 1, 2016: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913600/the-evolution-of-jaw-protrusion-mechanics-has-been-tightly-coupled-to-bentho-pelagic-divergence-in-damselfishes-pomacentridae
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W James Cooper, Casey B Carter, Andrew J Conith, Aaron N Rice, Mark W Westneat
Most species-rich lineages of aquatic organisms have undergone divergence between forms that feed from the substrate (benthic feeding) and forms that feed from the water column (pelagic feeding). Changes in trophic niche are frequently accompanied by changes in skull mechanics, and multiple fish lineages have evolved highly specialized biomechanical configurations that allow them to protrude their upper jaws toward the prey during feeding. Damselfishes (family Pomacentridae) are an example of a species-rich lineage with multiple trophic morphologies and feeding ecologies...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912747/the-three-dimensional-kinematics-and-spatiotemporal-parameters-of-gait-in-6-10-year-old-typically-developed-children-in-the-cape-metropole-of-south-africa-a-pilot-study
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Yvonne Smith, Quinette Louw, Yolandi Brink
BACKGROUND: Functional gait is an integral part of life, allowing individuals to function within their environment and participate in activities of daily living. Gait assessment forms an essential part of a physical examination and can help screen for physical impairments. No three-dimensional (3D) gait analysis studies of children have been conducted in South Africa. South African gait analysis laboratory protocols and procedures may differ from laboratories in other countries, therefore a South African data base of normative values is required to make a valid assessment of South African children's gait...
December 3, 2016: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912155/home-based-interventions-improve-trained-but-not-novel-dual-task-balance-performance-in-older-adults-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Suleeporn Wongcharoen, Somporn Sungkarat, Peeraya Munkhetvit, Vipul Lugade, Patima Silsupadol
The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy of four different home-based interventions on dual-task balance performance and to determine the generalizability of the four trainings to untrained tasks. Sixty older adults, aged 65 and older, were randomly assigned to one of four home-based interventions: single-task motor training, single-task cognitive training, dual-task motor-cognitive training, and dual-task cognitive-cognitive training. Participants received 60-min individualized training sessions, 3 times a week for 4 weeks...
November 22, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912154/limb-dominance-foot-orientation-and-functional-asymmetry-during-walking-gait
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John D Polk, Rebecca M Stumpf, Karl S Rosengren
While healthy gait is often characterized as, or assumed to be symmetric, consistent asymmetries often exist. In this study, we test the hypotheses that asymmetries in lower limb function, as measured by ground reaction force characteristics, may be explained by differences in foot orientation or limb dominance. Peak ground reaction force (GRF) measurements, and impulses were obtained for thirty-six healthy subjects with simultaneous kinematic estimates of foot posture. Three gait tasks were performed: subjects walked i) with normal foot orientation, ii) with feet laterally rotated (outward), and iii) with feet aligned in the direction of movement (straight)...
November 18, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912104/structured-skill-practice-during-intensive-bimanual-training-leads-to-better-trunk-and-arm-control-than-unstructured-practice-in-children-with-unilateral-spastic-cerebral-palsy
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Ya-Ching Hung, Marina B Brandão, Andrew M Gordon
BACKGROUND: Recently, intensive practice showed good efficacy in improving upper extremity function for children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy (USCP). However, little is known about the significance of skill progression frequently used during intensive practice. AIMS: We evaluate the importance of skill progression during intensive bimanual practice on movement coordination. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Twenty children with USCP (average age: 8...
November 29, 2016: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911808/exploration-of-joint-redundancy-but-not-task-space-variability-facilitates-supervised-motor-learning
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Puneet Singh, Sumitash Jana, Ashitava Ghosal, Aditya Murthy
The number of joints and muscles in a human arm is more than what is required for reaching to a desired point in 3D space. Although previous studies have emphasized how such redundancy and the associated flexibility may play an important role in path planning, control of noise, and optimization of motion, whether and how redundancy might promote motor learning has not been investigated. In this work, we quantify redundancy space and investigate its significance and effect on motor learning. We propose that a larger redundancy space leads to faster learning across subjects...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911542/higher-loop-amplitude-monodromy-relations-in-string-and-gauge-theory
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Piotr Tourkine, Pierre Vanhove
The monodromy relations in string theory provide a powerful and elegant formalism to understand some of the deepest properties of tree-level field theory amplitudes, like the color-kinematics duality. This duality has been instrumental in tremendous progress on the computations of loop amplitudes in quantum field theory, but a higher-loop generalization of the monodromy construction was lacking. In this Letter, we extend the monodromy relations to higher loops in open string theory. Our construction, based on a contour deformation argument of the open string diagram integrands, leads to new identities that relate planar and nonplanar topologies in string theory...
November 18, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910484/design-analysis-and-testing-of-kinematic-mount-for-astronomical-observation-instrument-used-in-space-camera
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Mingxin An, Lihao Zhang, Shuyan Xu, Jihong Dong
A statically determinate kinematic mount structure is designed for an astronomical observation instrument. The basic principle of the proposed kinematic mount is introduced in detail, including the design principle, its structure, and its degrees of freedom. The compliance equations for the single-axis right circle flexure hinge are deduced, and mathematical models of the compliances of the bipod in the X-axis and Z-axis directions are established. Based on the index requirements, the range of one design parameter (the hinge groove depth, R) for the kinematic mount is determined...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909885/kinematics-and-muscle-activation-patterns-during-a-maximal-voluntary-rate-activity-in-healthy-elderly-and-young-adults
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Eva Chadnova, Nancy St-Onge, Richard Courtemanche, Robert D Kilgour
BACKGROUND: Maximal voluntary rate (MVR) performance tasks can provide important age-related information to the limiting factors associated with movement and the development of fatigue. AIM: To determine whether kinematic and muscle activation patterns during an MVR task differ between young and older adults. METHODS: We continuously measured frequency, amplitude, peak velocity, index of co-contraction and median frequencies of the index finger flexors and extensors during a 20-s MVR task in 10 young and 10 older subjects...
December 1, 2016: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909675/arthroscopic-primary-repair-of-proximal-anterior-cruciate-ligament-tears
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Gregory S DiFelice, Jelle P van der List
In a select group of patients with proximal anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, primary repair can be a useful technique. Preservation of the native ACL may be advantageous for proprioceptive function and is thought to restore normal knee joint kinematics. The procedure is a less morbid and more conservative surgical approach to restore knee stability. Primary repair is preferably performed in the acute setting because of better healing capacity and tissue quality. We present the surgical technique of arthroscopic primary ACL repair with suture anchors in patients with proximal tears and excellent tissue quality...
October 2016: Arthroscopy Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909000/distinct-contributions-of-dorsal-and-ventral-streams-to-imitation-of-tool-use-and-communicative-gestures
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Andrea Dressing, Kai Nitschke, Dorothee Kümmerer, Tobias Bormann, Lena Beume, Charlotte S M Schmidt, Vera M Ludwig, Irina Mader, Klaus Willmes, Michel Rijntjes, Christoph P Kaller, Cornelius Weiller, Markus Martin
Imitation of tool-use gestures (transitive; e.g., hammering) and communicative emblems (intransitive; e.g., waving goodbye) is frequently impaired after left-hemispheric lesions. We aimed 1) to identify lesions related to deficient transitive or intransitive gestures, 2) to delineate regions associated with distinct error types (e.g., hand configuration, kinematics), and 3) to compare imitation to previous data on pantomimed and actual tool use. Of note, 156 patients (64.3 ± 14.6 years; 56 female) with first-ever left-hemispheric ischemic stroke were prospectively examined 4...
November 30, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908458/inter-rater-reliability-of-shoulder-measurements-in-middle-aged-women
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A De Groef, M Van Kampen, N Vervloesem, E Clabau, M-R Christiaens, P Neven, I Geraerts, F Struyf, N Devoogdt
OBJECTIVES: To investigate inter-rater reliability of a set of shoulder measurements including inclinometry [shoulder range of motion (ROM)], acromion-table distance and pectoralis minor muscle length (static scapular positioning), upward rotation with two inclinometers (scapular kinematics) and pain pressure thresholds (muscle tenderness) in middle-aged women. DESIGN: Observational study. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty symptom-free middle-aged women (first cohort) were measured by two raters...
July 20, 2016: Physiotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908069/associations-between-tongue-movement-pattern-consistency-and-formant-movement-pattern-consistency-in-response-to-speech-behavioral-modifications
#16
Antje S Mefferd
The degree of speech movement pattern consistency can provide information about speech motor control. Although tongue motor control is particularly important because of the tongue's primary contribution to the speech acoustic signal, capturing tongue movements during speech remains difficult and costly. This study sought to determine if formant movements could be used to estimate tongue movement pattern consistency indirectly. Two age groups (seven young adults and seven older adults) and six speech conditions (typical, slow, loud, clear, fast, bite block speech) were selected to elicit an age- and task-dependent performance range in tongue movement pattern consistency...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905508/tissue-loading-created-during-spinal-manipulation-in-comparison-to-loading-created-by-passive-spinal-movements
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Martha Funabashi, Gregory N Kawchuk, Albert H Vette, Peter Goldsmith, Narasimha Prasad
Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) creates health benefits for some while for others, no benefit or even adverse events. Understanding these differential responses is important to optimize patient care and safety. Toward this, characterizing how loads created by SMT relate to those created by typical motions is fundamental. Using robotic testing, it is now possible to make these comparisons to determine if SMT generates unique loading scenarios. In 12 porcine cadavers, SMT and passive motions were applied to the L3/L4 segment and the resulting kinematics tracked...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904801/midfoot-and-forefoot-involvement-in-lateral-ankle-sprains-and-chronic-ankle-instability-part-1-anatomy-and-biomechanics
#18
John J Fraser, Mark A Feger, Jay Hertel
: The modern human foot is the culmination of more than five million years of evolution. The ankle-foot complex absorbs forces during loading, accommodates uneven surfaces, and acts as a lever for efficient propulsion. The ankle-foot complex has six independent functional segments that should be understood for proper assessment and treatment of foot and ankle injuries: the shank, rearfoot, midfoot, lateral forefoot, and the medial forefoot. The compliance of the individual segments of the foot is dependent on velocity, task, and active and passive coupling mechanisms within each of the foot segments...
December 2016: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903878/a-spiking-neural-model-of-adaptive-arm-control
#19
Travis DeWolf, Terrence C Stewart, Jean-Jacques Slotine, Chris Eliasmith
We present a spiking neuron model of the motor cortices and cerebellum of the motor control system. The model consists of anatomically organized spiking neurons encompassing premotor, primary motor, and cerebellar cortices. The model proposes novel neural computations within these areas to control a nonlinear three-link arm model that can adapt to unknown changes in arm dynamics and kinematic structure. We demonstrate the mathematical stability of both forms of adaptation, suggesting that this is a robust approach for common biological problems of changing body size (e...
November 30, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903873/timing-of-head-movements-is-consistent-with-energy-minimization-in-walking-ungulates
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David M Loscher, Fiete Meyer, Kerstin Kracht, John A Nyakatura
Many ungulates show a conspicuous nodding motion of the head when walking. Until now, the functional significance of this behaviour remained unclear. Combining in vivo kinematics of quadrupedal mammals with a computer model, we show that the timing of vertical displacements of the head and neck is consistent with minimizing energy expenditure for carrying these body parts in an inverted pendulum walking gait. Varying the timing of head movements in the model resulted in increased metabolic cost estimate for carrying the head and neck of up to 63%...
November 30, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
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