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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794447/the-role-of-local-heating-in-the-2015-indian-heat-wave
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Debjani Ghatak, Benjamin Zaitchik, Christopher Hain, Martha Anderson
India faced a major heat wave during the summer of 2015. Temperature anomalies peaked in the dry period before the onset of the summer monsoon, suggesting that local land-atmosphere feedbacks involving desiccated soils and vegetation might have played a role in driving the heat extreme. Upon examination of in situ data, reanalysis, satellite observations, and land surface models, we find that the heat wave included two distinct peaks: one in late May, and a second in early June. During the first peak we find that clear skies led to a positive net radiation anomaly at the surface, but there is no significant sensible heat flux anomaly within the core of the heat wave affected region...
August 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753685/effects-of-lumbar-spine-assemblies-and-body-borne-equipment-mass-on-anthropomorphic-test-device-responses-during-drop-tests
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Daniel Aggromito, Mark Jaffrey, Allen Chhor, Bernard Chen, Wenyi Yan
When simulating or conducting land mine blast tests on armored vehicles to assess potential occupant injury, the preference is to use the Hybrid III anthropomorphic test device (ATD). In land blast events, neither the effect of body-borne equipment (BBE) on the ATD response nor the dynamic response index (DRI) is well understood. An experimental study was carried out using a drop tower test rig, with a rigid seat mounted on a carriage table undergoing average accelerations of 161 g and 232 g over 3 ms. A key aspect of the work looked at the various lumbar spine assemblies available for a Hybrid III ATD...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730881/comparison-of-jump-landing-protocols-with-biodex-balance-system-as-measures-of-dynamic-postural-stability-in-athletes
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Zarko Krkeljas
The objective of the study was to determine whether a relationship exists between the two common methods for assessing postural stability in athletes: the time-to-stabilisation (TTS) via force-plate and the Biodex Balance System (BBS). The conditions under which these measurements assess dynamic postural control may not provide sufficient feedback to practitioners. Fourty-four amateur soccer players with no history of musculoskeletal disorders volunteered for the study. Pearson correlation was used to compare the anterior-posterior (AP), medio-lateral (ML), and the overall stability indexes measured by BBS, with the corresponding parameters of TTS assessed via force plate...
July 21, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723822/biomechanical-differences-in-female-basketball-and-soccer-players-during-multi-directional-jump-landings
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Jeffrey B Taylor, Kevin R Ford, Randy J Schmitz, Scott E Ross, Terry A Ackerman, Sandra J Shultz
Anterior cruciate ligament injury prevention programs are less successful in basketball than soccer and may be due to distinct movement strategies that these athletes develop from sport-specific training. The purpose of this study was to identify biomechanical differences between female basketball and soccer players during multi-directional jump landings. Lower extremity biomechanics of eighty-nine female athletes who played competitive basketball (n=40) or soccer (n=49) at the middle- or high-school level were analyzed with three-dimensional motion analysis during a drop vertical jump (DVJ), double- (SAG-DL) and single-leg forward jump (SAG-SL), and double- (FRONT-DL) and single-leg (FRONT-SL) lateral jump...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722467/the-influence-of-lower-extremity-lean-mass-on-landing-biomechanics-during-prolonged-exercise
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Melissa M Montgomery, Amanda J Tritsch, John R Cone, Randy J Schmitz, Robert A Henson, Sandra J Shultz
CONTEXT:   The extent to which lower extremity lean mass (LELM) relative to total body mass influences one's ability to maintain safe landing biomechanics during prolonged exercise when injury incidence increases is unknown. OBJECTIVES:   To examine the influence of LELM on (1) pre-exercise lower extremity biomechanics and (2) changes in biomechanics during an intermittent exercise protocol (IEP) and (3) determine whether these relationships differ by sex. We hypothesized that less LELM would predict higher-risk baseline biomechanics and greater changes toward higher-risk biomechanics during the IEP...
August 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716970/prolonged-force-depression-after-mechanically-demanding-contractions-is-largely-independent-of-ca-2-and-reactive-oxygen-species
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Sigitas Kamandulis, Felipe de Souza Leite, Andres Hernández, Abram Katz, Marius Brazaitis, Joseph D Bruton, Tomas Venckunas, Nerijus Masiulis, Dalia Mickeviciene, Nerijus Eimantas, Andrejus Subocius, Dilson E Rassier, Albertas Skurvydas, Niklas Ivarsson, Håkan Westerblad
Increased production of reactive oxygen/nitrogen species (ROS) and impaired cellular Ca(2+) handling are implicated in the prolonged low-frequency force depression (PLFFD) observed in skeletal muscle after both metabolically and mechanically demanding exercise. Metabolically demanding high-intensity exercise can induce PLFFD accompanied by ROS-dependent fragmentation of the sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) release channels, the ryanodine receptor (RyR)-1. We tested whether similar changes occur after mechanically demanding eccentric contractions...
July 17, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712544/the-effect-of-leg-dominance-and-landing-height-on-acl-loading-among-female-athletes
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Hossein Mokhtarzadeh, Katie Ewing, Ina Janssen, Chen-Hua Yeow, Nicholas Brown, Peter Vee Sin Lee
Female athletes are more prone to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. A neuromuscular imbalance called leg dominance may provide a biomechanical explanation. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to compare the side-to-side lower limb differences in movement patterns, muscle forces and ACL forces during a single-leg drop-landing task from two different heights. We hypothesized that there will be significant differences in lower limb movement patterns (kinematics), muscle forces and ACL loading between the dominant and non-dominant limbs...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712025/side-to-side-asymmetries-in-landing-mechanics-from-a-drop-vertical-jump-test-are-not-related-to-asymmetries-in-knee-joint-laxity-following-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction
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Christophe A G Meyer, Paul Gette, Caroline Mouton, Romain Seil, Daniel Theisen
PURPOSE: Asymmetries in knee joint biomechanics and increased knee joint laxity in patients following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) are considered risk factors for re-tear or early onset of osteoarthritis. Nevertheless, the relationship between these factors has not been established. The aim of the study was to compare knee mechanics during landing from a bilateral drop vertical jump in patients following ACLR and control participants and to study the relationship between side-to-side asymmetries in landing mechanics and knee joint laxity...
July 15, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704344/effects-of-altering-trunk-position-during-landings-on-patellar-tendon-force-and-pain
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Rodrigo Scattone Silva, Craig R Purdam, Angela M Fearon, Wayne A Spratford, Claire Kenneally-Dabrowski, Peter Preston, Fábio V Serrão, James E Gaida
PURPOSE: To verify the immediate effects of altering sagittal plane trunk position during jump-landings on lower limb biomechanics, patellar tendon force and pain of athletes with and without patellar tendinopathy. METHODS: Twenty-one elite male athletes were categorized into 3 groups, athletes with patellar tendinopathy (TG, n=7), asymptomatic athletes with patellar tendon abnormalities (AG, n=7) and asymptomatic athletes without tendon abnormalities (CG, n=7)...
July 12, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675328/sex-differences-in-drop-landing-more-apparent-in-recreational-surfers-than-in-competitive-surfers-or-nonsurfers
#10
Michaela R Bruton, Roger D Adams, Nicholas J O'Dwyer
We suspected that the observed inconsistency of sex differences in drop-landing motor skills might be due to the confounding factor of prior experience. Thus, in this study, we explored the role of experience in shaping male and female surfboard riders' motor skill kinematics during drop landings while surfboard riding. We recruited 42 participants (21 females and 21 males) from three groups of surfing experience levels (competitive surfers, recreational surfers, and nonsurfers), each equally comprising seven males and seven females...
January 1, 2017: Perceptual and Motor Skills
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644677/young-athletes-after-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-with-single-leg-landing-asymmetries-at-the-time-of-return-to-sport-demonstrate-decreased-knee-function-2-years-later
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Matthew P Ithurburn, Mark V Paterno, Kevin R Ford, Timothy E Hewett, Laura C Schmitt
BACKGROUND: Previous work shows that young athletes after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) demonstrate single-leg (SL) landing movement asymmetries at the time of return to sport (RTS); however, the effect of movement asymmetries on longitudinal knee-related function after ACLR has not been examined. Hypothesis/Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of SL drop-landing movement symmetry at the time of RTS on knee-related function 2 years later in young athletes after ACLR...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642097/are-two-dimensional-measured-frontal-plane-angles-related-to-three-dimensional-measured-kinematic-profiles-during-running
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Bart Dingenen, Filip F Staes, Lieselot Santermans, Lien Steurs, Maarten Eerdekens, Jurre Geentjens, Koen H E Peers, Maarten Thysen, Kevin Deschamps
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the temporal relationship between two-dimensional measured frontal plane joint angles and three-dimensional measured kinematic profiles during the stance phase of running, and to assess the intra- and intertester reliability of the two-dimensional angles. DESIGN: Observational study. SETTING: Research laboratory. PARTICIPANTS: Fifteen injury-free elite athletes. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Contralateral pelvic drop (CPD), femoral adduction (FA), hip adduction (HA) and knee valgus (KV) were measured at the deepest landing position during midstance with two-dimensional video analysis during running...
March 4, 2017: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641201/pelvic-and-hip-kinematics-during-single-leg-drop-landing-are-altered-in-sports-participants-with-long-standing-groin-pain-a-cross-sectional-study
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L Janse van Rensburg, M Dare, Q Louw, L Crous, J Cockroft, L Williams, B Olivier
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine the differences in three-dimensional pelvic and hip kinematics during a single-leg drop-landing task in active sports participants with long-standing groin pain compared to healthy matched controls. DESIGN: This was a descriptive study incorporating a cross-sectional design. SETTING: The study was conducted at the Unit for Human Movement Analysis, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. PARTICIPANTS: The study sample was comprised of 20 male club level soccer, rugby, running and cycling participants between the ages of 18 and 55 years...
July 2017: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639442/weightbearing-ankle-dorsiflexion-range-of-motion-and-sagittal-plane-kinematics-during-single-leg-drop-jump-landing-in-healthy-male-athletes
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Brittany Dowling, April L McPherson, James M Paci
BACKGROUND: Passive ankle dorsiflexion range of motion (DROM) measures have been identified as a risk factor for injury during landings. However, passive measurements might not be indicative of dynamic ankle movement, whereas a weightbearing ROM might be a better tool when evaluating movement. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between weightbearing DROM and sagittal plane landing mechanics in a single leg drop jump task. METHODS: 73 male athletes (22...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638092/from-shifting-cultivation-to-teak-plantation-effect-on-overland-flow-and-sediment-yield-in-a-montane-tropical-catchment
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Olivier Ribolzi, Olivier Evrard, Sylvain Huon, Anneke de Rouw, Norbert Silvera, Keo Oudone Latsachack, Bounsamai Soulileuth, Irène Lefèvre, Alain Pierret, Guillaume Lacombe, Oloth Sengtaheuanghoung, Christian Valentin
Soil erosion supplies large quantities of sediments to rivers of Southeastern Asia. It reduces soil fertility of agro-ecosystems located on hillslopes, and it degrades, downstream, water resource quality and leads to the siltation of reservoirs. An increase in the surface area covered with commercial perennial monocultures such as teak plantations is currently observed at the expanse of traditional slash-and-burn cultivation systems in steep montane environments of these regions. The impacts of land-use change on the hydrological response and sediment yields have been investigated in a representative catchment of Laos monitored for 13 years...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632776/dynamic-knee-valgus-alignment-influences-impact-attenuation-in-the-lower-extremity-during-the-deceleration-phase-of-a-single-leg-landing
#16
Akihiro Tamura, Kiyokazu Akasaka, Takahiro Otsudo, Jyunya Shiozawa, Yuka Toda, Kaori Yamada
Dynamic knee valgus during landings is associated with an increased risk of non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. In addition, the impact on the body during landings must be attenuated in the lower extremity joints. The purpose of this study was to investigate landing biomechanics during landing with dynamic knee valgus by measuring the vertical ground reaction force (vGRF) and angular impulses in the lower extremity during a single-leg landing. The study included 34 female college students, who performed the single-leg drop vertical jump...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632062/skeleton-sled-velocity-profiles-a-novel-approach-to-understand-critical-aspects-of-the-elite-athletes-start-phases
#17
Steffi L Colyer, Keith A Stokes, James L J Bilzon, Aki I T Salo
The development of velocity across the skeleton start is critical to performance, yet poorly understood. We aimed to understand which components of the sled velocity profile determine performance and how physical abilities influence these components. Thirteen well-trained skeleton athletes (>85% of athletes in the country) performed dry-land push-starts alongside countermovement jump and sprint tests at multiple time-points. A magnet encoder attached to the sled wheel provided velocity profiles, which were characterised using novel performance descriptors...
February 28, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614452/-profile-of-clinical-trials-enrolling-brazilian-children
#18
Jean Mendes de Lucena Vieira, Elisangela da Costa Lima, Marcelo Gerardin Poirot Land, Miriam Ventura, Helena Lutescia Luna Coelho
This study aimed to characterize the clinical trials with medicines enrolling Brazilian children and adolescents, registered in the databases of Clinical Trials and the Brazilian Clinical Trials Network (ReBEC) from 1994 to 2014. Only 462 clinical trials enrolled Brazilian children and adolescents. There was an increase in registrations beginning in 2003, with an important drop in 2011. Among these trials, 35.5% were hosted in Brazil. The international clinical trials were mostly conducted by North American companies...
June 12, 2017: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594168/large-scale-risks-from-agricultural-pesticides-in-small-streams
#19
Eduard Szöcs, Marvin Brinke, Bilgin Karaoglan, Ralf B Schäfer
Small streams are important refuges for biodiversity. In agricultural areas, they may be at risk from pesticide pollution. However, most related studies have been limited to a few streams on the regional level, hampering extrapolation to larger scales. We quantified risks as exceedances of regulatory acceptable concentrations (RACs) and used German monitoring data to quantify the drivers thereof and to assess current risks in small streams on a large scale. The data set was comprised of 1 766 104 measurements of 478 pesticides (including metabolites) related to 24 743 samples from 2301 sampling sites...
June 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591146/recent-tree-cover-increases-in-eastern-china-linked-to-low-declining-human-pressure-steep-topography-and-climatic-conditions-favoring-tree-growth
#20
Jonas Nüchel, Jens-Christian Svenning
Globally, the extent of forest continues to decline, however, some countries have increased their forest extent in recent years. China is one of these countries and has managed to increase their tree cover through huge reforestation and afforestation programs during recent decades as well as land abandonment dynamics. This study investigates tree cover change in the eastern half of China between 2000 and 2010 on three different scales, using random forest modeling of remote sensing data for tree cover in relation to environmental and anthropogenic predictor variables...
2017: PloS One
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