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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929927/ankle-taping-can-reduce-external-ankle-joint-moments-during-drop-landings-on-a-tilted-surface
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Nahoko Sato, Hiroyuki Nunome, Luke S Hopper, Yasuo Ikegami
Ankle taping is commonly used to prevent ankle sprains. However, kinematic assessments investigating the biomechanical effects of ankle taping have provided inconclusive results. This study aimed to determine the effect of ankle taping on the external ankle joint moments during a drop landing on a tilted surface at 25°. Twenty-five participants performed landings on a tilted force platform that caused ankle inversion with and without ankle taping. Landing kinematics were captured using a motion capture system...
September 20, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929926/three-dimensional-kinematic-analysis-and-power-output-of-elite-flat-water-kayakers
#2
Anna Bjerkefors, Olga Tarassova, Johanna S Rosén, Pascal Zakaria, Anton Arndt
The purpose was to examine power output and three-dimensional (3D) kinematic variables in the upper limbs, lower limbs and trunk in elite flat-water kayakers during kayak ergometer paddling. An additional purpose was to analyse possible changes in kinematics with increased intensity and differences between body sides. Six male and four female international level flat-water kayakers participated. Kinematic and kinetic data were collected during three tasks; low (IntL), high (IntH) and maximal (IntM) intensities...
September 20, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929129/an-automated-home-cage-system-to-assess-learning-and-performance-of-a-skilled-motor-task-in-a-mouse-model-of-huntington-s-disease
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Cameron L Woodard, Federico Bolaños, James D Boyd, Gergely Silasi, Timothy H Murphy, Lynn A Raymond
Behavioral testing is a critical step in assessing the validity of rodent models of neurodegenerative disease, as well as evaluating the efficacy of pharmacological interventions. In models of Huntington's disease (HD), a gradual progression of impairments is observed across ages, increasing the need for sensitive, high-throughput and longitudinal assessments. Recently, a number of automated systems have been developed to perform behavioral profiling of animals within their own home-cage, allowing for 24-h monitoring and minimizing experimenter interaction...
September 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927643/a-combined-kinematic-and-kinetic-analysis-at-the-residuum-socket-interface-of-a-knee-disarticulation-amputee
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Jinghua Tang, Michael McGrath, Nick Hale, Liudi Jiang, Dan Bader, Piotr Laszczak, David Moser, Saeed Zahedi
The bespoke interface between a lower limb residuum and a prosthetic socket is critical for an amputee's comfort and overall rehabilitation outcomes. Analysis of interface kinematics and kinetics is important to gain full understanding of the interface biomechanics, which could aid clinical socket fit, rehabilitation and amputee care. This pilot study aims to investigate the dynamic correlation between kinematic movement and kinetic stresses at the interface during walking tests on different terrains. One male, knee disarticulation amputee participated in the study...
September 15, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927560/patient-variation-limits-use-of-fixed-references-for-femoral-rotation-component-alignment-in-total-knee-arthroplasty
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Joshua G Twiggs, David M Dickison, Elizabeth C Kolos, Caitlin E Wilcox, Justin P Roe, Brett A Fritsch, Stephen J McMahon, Brad P Miles, Andrew J Ruys
BACKGROUND: Optimal rotational alignment of the femoral component is a common goal during total knee arthroplasty. The posterior condylar axis (PCA) is thought to be the most reproducible reference in surgery, while the transepicondylar axis (TEA) seems to better approximate the native kinematic flexion axis. This study sought to determine if rules based on patient gender or coronal alignment could allow reliable reproduction of the TEA from the PCA. METHODS: Three-dimensional models based on preoperative computed tomography were made representing a patient's arthritic knee joint...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925960/curvature-continuous-and-bounded-path-planning-for-fixed-wing-uavs
#6
Xiaoliang Wang, Peng Jiang, Deshi Li, Tao Sun
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) play an important role in applications such as data collection and target reconnaissance. An accurate and optimal path can effectively increase the mission success rate in the case of small UAVs. Although path planning for UAVs is similar to that for traditional mobile robots, the special kinematic characteristics of UAVs (such as their minimum turning radius) have not been taken into account in previous studies. In this paper, we propose a locally-adjustable, continuous-curvature, bounded path-planning algorithm for fixed-wing UAVs...
September 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922041/garment-therapy-does-not-improve-function-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-a-systematic-review
#7
Hannah Wells, Jodie Marquez, Luke Wakely
AIMS: To conduct a systematic review asking, does garment therapy improve motor function in children with cerebral palsy? METHODS: A systematic review with meta-analysis was conducted to review the literature. Inclusion criteria involved the wearing of therapy suits/garments in children with cerebral palsy. The primary outcome of interest was movement related function and secondary outcomes included impairment, participation, parental satisfaction and adverse outcomes of garment wear...
September 18, 2017: Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920903/brain-control-of-an-external-device-by-extracting-the-highest-force-related-contents-of-local-field-potentials-in-freely-moving-rats
#8
Abed Khorasani, Reza Foodeh, Vahid Shalchyan, Mohammad Reza Daliri
A local field potential (LFP) signal is an alternative source to neural action potentials for decoding kinematic and kinetic information from the brain. Here we demonstrate that better extraction of force-related features from multichannel LFPs improves the accuracy of force decoding. We propose that applying canonical correlation analysis (CCA) filter on the envelopes of separate frequency bands (band-specific CCA) seperates non- task related information from the LFPs. The decoding accuracy of the continuous force signal based on the proposed method were compared with three feature reduction methods: 1) Band-specific principal component analysis (bandspecific PCA) method that extract the components which leads to maximum variance from envelopes of different frequency bands, 2) Correlation coefficient-based (CC-based) feature reduction that selects the best features from the envelopes sorted based on the absolute correlation coefficient between each envelope and the target force signal and 3) Mutual information -based (MI-based) feature reduction that selects the best features from the envelopes sorted based on the mutual information between each envelope and output force signal...
September 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919494/shoulder-injury-in-water-polo-a-systematic-review-of-incidence-and-intrinsic-risk-factors
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Andrea H Miller, Kerrie Evans, Roger Adams, Gordon Waddington, Jeremy Witchalls
OBJECTIVES: Water polo is a popular water-based contact sport that involves swimming, throwing and defending. Cumulatively, these repetitive overhead activities are thought to increase the risk of shoulder injury and, subsequently to affect players' physical conditioning as well as team performance. The purpose of this review was to examine available evidence relating to shoulder injury rates and risk factors for shoulder injury in water polo. DESIGN: Systematic review METHODS: CINAHL, AUSPORT, Pubmed, Pedro and SPORTDiscus databases were searched for original research papers using the predefined terms ("water polo") AND (shoulder OR glenohumeral* OR arm OR "upper limb")...
August 31, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919312/the-combined-effects-of-adaptive-control-and-virtual-reality-on-robot-assisted-fine-hand-motion-rehabilitation-in-chronic-stroke-patients-a-case-study
#10
Xianwei Huang, Fazel Naghdy, Golshah Naghdy, Haiping Du, Catherine Todd
Robot-assisted therapy is regarded as an effective and reliable method for the delivery of highly repetitive training that is needed to trigger neuroplasticity following a stroke. However, the lack of fully adaptive assist-as-needed control of the robotic devices and an inadequate immersive virtual environment that can promote active participation during training are obstacles hindering the achievement of better training results with fewer training sessions required. This study thus focuses on these research gaps by combining these 2 key components into a rehabilitation system, with special attention on the rehabilitation of fine hand motion skills...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918357/long-term-follow-up-after-tibialis-anterior-tendon-shortening-in-combination-with-achilles-tendon-lengthening-in-spastic-equinus-in-cerebral-palsy
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Michèle Kläusler, Bernhard Maria Speth, Reinald Brunner, Oren Tirosh, Carlo Camathias, Erich Rutz
Using Tibialis Anterior Shortening (TATS) in combination with Achilles Tendon Lengthening (TAL) to treat spastic equinus in children with cerebral palsy (CP) was described in 2011. Short-term results have indicated a good outcome, especially an improvement of the drop foot in swing phase and the correction of equinus in stance phase. The aim of this study was to analyse the results of the long-term follow-up and to determine the relapse rate of TATS and TAL. The kinematics of the sagittal, frontal and transversal planes were measured by using instrumented 3D gait analysis at three defined time points and then described using the Gait Profile Score (GPS) and Movement Analysis Profile (MAP)...
August 30, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918356/what-is-the-price-for-the-duchenne-gait-pattern-in-patients-with-cerebral-palsy
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Firooz Salami, Mirjam Niklasch, Britta K Krautwurst, Thomas Dreher, Sebastian I Wolf
Duchenne gait is characterized by trunk lean towards the affected stance limb with the pelvis stable or elevated on the swinging limb side during single limb stance phase. We assessed the relationship between hip abduction moments and trunk kinetics in patients with cerebral palsy showing excessive lateral trunk motion. Data of 18 subjects with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy (CP) and 20 aged matched typically developing subjects (TD) were collected retrospectively. Criteria for patient selection were barefoot walking without aid presenting with excessive lateral trunk motion...
September 7, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917979/plantar-reflex-excitability-is-increased-in-the-evening-in-restless-legs-syndrome-patients
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Chloe Dafkin, Andrew Green, Benita Olivier, Warrick McKinon, Samantha Kerr
OBJECTIVE: To investigate if diurnal changes in spinal excitability (plantar reflex) occur in restless legs syndrome (RLS) participants compared to healthy matched controls. METHODS: Thirteen RLS participants and 13 healthy control participants' plantar reflex responses were evaluated in the evening (PM) and the morning (AM). Plantar reflex responses were assessed electromyographically, using motion analysis (kinematically) and by subjective nociception (Visual Analogue Scale)...
September 13, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917580/the-influence-of-ligament-modelling-strategies-on-the-predictive-capability-of-finite-element-models-of-the-human-knee-joint
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Hamid Naghibi Beidokhti, Dennis Janssen, Sebastiaan van de Groes, Javad Hazrati, Ton Van den Boogaard, Nico Verdonschot
In finite element (FE) models knee ligaments can represented either by a group of one-dimensional springs, or by three-dimensional continuum elements based on segmentations. Continuum models closer approximate the anatomy, and facilitate ligament wrapping, while spring models are computationally less expensive. The mechanical properties of ligaments can be based on literature, or adjusted specifically for the subject. In the current study we investigated the effect of ligament modelling strategy on the predictive capability of FE models of the human knee joint...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916398/in-vivo-analysis-of-sternal-angle-sternal-and-sternocostal-kinematics-in-supine-humans-during-breathing
#15
Benoît Beyer, Véronique Feipel, Victor Sholukha, Laurence Chèze, Serge Van Sint Jan
This paper aims at contributing to the understanding of the combination of in vivo sternum displacement, sternal angle variations and sternocostal joints (SCJ) kinematics of the seven first rib pairs over the inspiratory capacity (IC). Retrospective codified spiral-CT data obtained at total lung capacity (TLC), middle of inspiratory capacity (MIC) and at functional residual capacity (FRC) were used to compute kinematic parameters of the bones and joints of interest in a sample of 12 asymptomatic subjects. 3D models of rib, thoracic vertebra, manubrium and sternum were processed to determine anatomical landmarks (ALs) on each bone...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914139/the-influence-of-geometric-design-variables-on-the-kinematic-performance-of-a-surface-guided-total-knee-replacement
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Shabnam Pejhan, Eric Bohm, Jan-Mels Brandt, Urs Wyss
OBJECTIVE: Tibiofemoral geometries in a total knee replacement (TKR) affect the performance of an implant during activities of daily living. The specially shaped components of a surface-guided TKR aim to control the tibiofemoral motion, such that a normal pattern of motion is achieved, even at high flexion angles. The purpose of this study was to assess the influence of the design parameters on the kinematic behavior of such an implant. A combination of design variables was determined that resulted in the least deviation from the design kinematic target...
September 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912743/act-on-numbers-numerical-magnitude-influences-selection-and-kinematics-of-finger-movement
#17
Rosa Rugani, Sonia Betti, Francesco Ceccarini, Luisa Sartori
In the past decade hand kinematics has been reliably adopted for investigating cognitive processes and disentangling debated topics. One of the most controversial issues in numerical cognition literature regards the origin - cultural vs. genetically driven - of the mental number line (MNL), oriented from left (small numbers) to right (large numbers). To date, the majority of studies have investigated this effect by means of response times, whereas studies considering more culturally unbiased measures such as kinematic parameters are rare...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912649/does-live-high-train-low-and-high-hypoxic-training-alter-running-mechanics-in-elite-team-sport-players
#18
Olivier Girard, Grégoire P Millet, Jean-Benoit Morin, Franck Brocherie
This study aimed to investigate if "Live High-Train Low (and High)" hypoxic training alters constant-velocity running mechanics. While residing under normobaric hypoxia (≥14 h·d(-1); FiO2 14.5-14.2%) for 14 days, twenty field hockey players performed, in addition to their usual training in normoxia, six sessions (4 × 5 × 5-s maximal sprints; 25 s passive recovery; 5 min rest) under either normobaric hypoxia (FiO2 ~14.5%, n = 9) or normoxia (FiO2 20.9%, n = 11). Before and immediately after the intervention, their running pattern was assessed at 10 and 15 km·h(-1) as well as during six 30-s runs at ~20 km·h(-1) with 30-s passive recovery on an instrumented motorised treadmill...
September 2017: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910722/analysis-of-in-vivo-articular-cartilage-contact-surface-of-the-knee-during-a-step-up-motion
#19
Peng Yin, Jing-Sheng Li, Willem A Kernkamp, Tsung-Yuan Tsai, Seung-Hoon Baek, Ali Hosseini, Lin Lin, Peifu Tang, Guoan Li
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have reported on the tibiofemoral articular cartilage contact kinematics, however, no data has been reported on the articular cartilage geometry at the contact area. This study investigated the in-vivo tibiofemoral articular cartilage contact biomechanics during a dynamic step-up motion. METHODS: Ten healthy subjects were imaged using a validated magnetic resonance and dual fluoroscopic imaging technique during a step-up motion. Three-dimensional bone and cartilage models were constructed from the magnetic resonance images...
September 8, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910657/the-use-of-real-time-feedback-to-improve-kinematic-marker-placement-consistency-among-novice-examiners
#20
Charles A J Macaulay, Sean T Osis, Christian Clermont, Reed Ferber
Marker placement deviation has been shown to be the largest source of error in gait kinematic data, limiting the ability of clinicians and researchers to conduct between-day or between-center investigations. Prior marker-placement standardization methods are either impractical for a clinical setting or rely on expert marker placement. However, a recently developed, real-time feedback tool has been developed and shown to improve marker placement and downstream kinematic calculations. The purpose of this study was to determine whether this real-time marker-placement tool could improve the consistency of gait kinematic data collected by a group of novice examiners...
September 5, 2017: Gait & Posture
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