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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101732/the-analysis-of-knee-joint-loading-during-drop-landing-from-different-heights-and-under-different-instruction-sets-in-healthy-males
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Dmitry Verniba, Jason D Vescovi, David A Hood, William H Gage
BACKGROUND: Mechanical loading during exercise has been shown to promote tissue remodeling. Safe and accessible exercise may be beneficial to populations at risk of diminished bone and joint health. We examined the effect of drop height and instruction on knee loading during a drop-landing task and proposed a task that makes use of drop heights that may be appropriate for rehabilitation purposes and functional in daily life to examine transient knee joint loads. METHODS: Twenty males (22...
December 2017: Sports Medicine—Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095108/the-relationship-between-2d-knee-valgus-angle-during-single-leg-squat-single-leg-land-and-drop-jump-screening-tests
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Allan Munro, Lee Herrington, Paul Comfort
CONTEXT: Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and Patellofemoral Joint (PFJ) injuries are a significant problem among female athletes. A number of screening tasks have been used in the literature to identify those at greatest risk of injury. To date, no study has examined the relationship in two-dimensional (2D) knee valgus between common screening tasks to determine whether individuals exhibit similar movement patterns across tasks. OBJECTIVE: to establish whether frontal plane projection angle (FPPA) during the single leg squat (SLS), single leg land (SLL) and drop jump (DJ) are related...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057351/preparatory-co-activation-of-the-ankle-muscles-may-prevent-ankle-inversion-injuries
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Matthew S DeMers, Jennifer L Hicks, Scott L Delp
Ankle inversion sprains are the most frequent acute musculoskeletal injuries occurring in physical activity. Interventions that retrain muscle coordination have helped rehabilitate injured ankles, but it is unclear which muscle coordination strategies, if any, can prevent ankle sprains. The purpose of this study was to determine whether coordinated activity of the ankle muscles could prevent excessive ankle inversion during a simulated landing on a 30° incline. We used a set of musculoskeletal simulations to evaluate the efficacy of two strategies for coordinating the ankle evertor and invertor muscles during simulated landing scenarios: planned co-activation and stretch reflex activation with physiologic latency (60-ms delay)...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018651/stability-in-skipping-gaits
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Emanuel Andrada, Roy Müller, Reinhard Blickhan
As an alternative to walking and running, humans are able to skip. However, adult humans avoid it. This fact seems to be related to the higher energetic costs associated with skipping. Still, children, some birds, lemurs and lizards use skipping gaits during daily locomotion. We combined experimental data on humans with numerical simulations to test whether stability and robustness motivate this choice. Parameters for modelling were obtained from 10 male subjects. They locomoted using unilateral skipping along a 12 m runway...
November 2016: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006992/increasing-hip-and-knee-flexion-during-a-drop-jump-task-reduces-tibiofemoral-shear-and-compressive-forces-implications-for-acl-injury-prevention-training
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Liang-Ching Tsai, Yi-An Ko, Kyle E Hammond, John W Xerogeanes, Gordon L Warren, Christopher M Powers
Although most ACL injury prevention programmes encourage greater hip and knee flexion during landing, it remains unknown how this technique influences tibiofemoral joint forces. We examined whether a landing strategy utilising greater hip and knee flexion decreases tibiofemoral anterior shear and compression. Twelve healthy women (25.9 ± 3.5 years) performed a drop-jump task before and after a training session (10-15 min) that emphasised greater hip and knee flexion. Peak tibiofemoral anterior shear and compressive forces were calculated using an electromyography (EMG)-driven knee model that incorporated joint kinematics, EMG and participant-specific muscle volumes and patella tendon orientation measured using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989866/localization-and-expression-of-molt-inhibiting-hormone-and-nitric-oxide-synthase-in-the-central-nervous-system-of-the-green-shore-crab-carcinus-maenas-and-the-blackback-land-crab-gecarcinus-lateralis
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Natalie L Pitts, Donald L Mykles
In decapod crustaceans, molting is controlled by the pulsatile release of molt-inhibiting hormone (MIH) from neurosecretory cells in the X-organ/sinus gland (XO/SG) complex in the eyestalk ganglia (ESG). A drop in MIH release triggers molting by activating the molting gland or Y-organ (YO). Post-transcriptional mechanisms ultimately control MIH levels in the hemolymph. Neurotransmitter-mediated electrical activity controls Ca(2+)-dependent vesicular release of MIH from the SG axon terminals, which may be modulated by nitric oxide (NO)...
October 27, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918704/comparison-of-3d-joint-angles-measured-with-the-kinect-2-0-skeletal-tracker-versus-a-marker-based-motion-capture-system
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Trent M Guess, Swithin Razu, Amirhossein Jahandar, Marjorie Skubic, Zhiyu Huo
The Microsoft Kinect is becoming a widely used tool for inexpensive, portable measurement of human motion with the potential to support clinical assessments of performance and function. In this study, the relative osteokinematic Cardan joint angles of the hip and knee were calculated using the Kinect 2.0 skeletal tracker. The pelvis segments of the default skeletal model were reoriented and three-dimensional joint angles were compared to a marker-based system during a drop vertical jump and a hip abduction motion...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893474/hypertrophy-and-explosive-reactive-functioning-in-sedentary-men-following-10-weeks-of-whole-body-vibration
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Jens Ebing, Ulf Gast, Christoph Hauptmann, Dieter Felsenberg, Daniel L Belavý
The objective of this study was to determine the impact of vertical (Power-plate; POW) and side-alternating (Galileo; GAL) whole-body vibration exercise on muscle mass and lower-limb neuromuscular function. Forty-three sedentary male subjects (18-30yr) randomized into three groups underwent two upper-body exercise sessions per week for 10 weeks. Two groups of subjects underwent additional squat exercises on the GAL (N=15) or POW (N=14) devices. The third group was control. On magnetic resonance imaging, volume of the thigh muscles was measured...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884172/spatial-distribution-and-trypanosome-infection-of-tsetse-flies-in-the-sleeping-sickness-focus-of-zimbabwe-in-hurungwe-district
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William Shereni, Neil E Anderson, Learnmore Nyakupinda, Giuliano Cecchi
BACKGROUND: In Zimbabwe, cases of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) are caused by the unicellular protozoan Trypanosoma brucei, sub-species T. b. rhodesiense. They are reported from the tsetse-infested area in the northern part of the country, broadly corresponding to the valley of the Zambezi River. Tsetse-transmitted trypanosomes, in particular T. congolense and T. vivax, also cause morbidity and mortality in livestock, thus generating poverty and food insecurity. Two species of tsetse fly, Glossina morsistans morsitans and G...
November 25, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874298/volitional-spine-stabilization-during-a-drop-vertical-jump-from-different-landing-heights-implications-for-anterior-cruciate-ligament-injury
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Ram Haddas, Troy Hooper, C Roger James, Phillip S Sizer
CONTEXT:  Volitional spine stabilization (VSS) during dynamic activities may alter trunk motion, but the role of the core musculature in positioning the trunk during landing tasks is unclear. OBJECTIVE:  To determine whether volitional core-muscle activation incorporated during a drop vertical jump alters lower extremity kinematics and kinetics, as well as trunk and lower extremity muscle activity at different landing heights. DESIGN:  Controlled laboratory study...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863284/landing-from-different-heights-biomechanical-and-neuromuscular-strategies-in-trained-gymnasts-and-untrained-prepubescent-girls
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Α Christoforidou, D A Patikas, E Bassa, I Paraschos, S Lazaridis, C Christoforidis, C Kotzamanidis
The purpose of this study was to examine the biomechanics of the lower limb, during landing in female prepubertal gymnasts and prepubertal untrained girls, aged 9-12years. Ten healthy participants were included in each group and performed five landings from 20, 40, and 60cm. Kinematics, ground reaction forces (GRF) and electromyogram (EMG) from the lateral gastrocnemius, tibialis anterior, and vastus lateralis are presented. Gymnasts had higher vertical GRF and shorter braking phase during landing. Compared to untrained girls, gymnasts exhibited for all examined drop heights more knee flexion before and at ground contact, but less knee flexion at maximum knee flexion position...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833624/assessment-of-stress-tolerance-productivity-and-forage-quality-in-t1-transgenic-alfalfa-co-overexpressing-zxnhx-and-zxvp1-1-from-zygophyllum-xanthoxylum
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Peng Kang, Ai-Ke Bao, Tanweer Kumar, Ya-Qing Pan, Zhulatai Bao, Fei Wang, Suo-Min Wang
Salinization, desertification, and soil nutrient deprivation are threatening the production of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) in northern China. We have previously generated T0 transgenic alfalfa co-overexpressing Zygophyllum xanthoxylum ZxNHX and ZxVP1-1 genes with enhanced salt and drought tolerance. To further develop this excellent breeding material into the new forage cultivar, stress tolerance, productivity, and forage quality of T1 transgenic alfalfa (GM) were assessed in this study. The GM inherited the traits of salt and drought tolerance from T0 generation...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27823826/driving-forces-and-the-spatial-patterns-of-industrial-sulfur-dioxide-discharge-in-china
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Xiaofeng Zhao, Chunlei Deng, Xianjin Huang, Mei-Po Kwan
Rapid industrialization in China has brought forward serious and harmful atmospheric pollution. In this study, spatial econometric analysis was used to analyze the spatial change and the driving forces behind the industrial sulfur dioxide (SO2) discharge in China from 2001 to 2014. The study found that the amount of industrial SO2 discharge (ISOD) increased first and then decreased during this period. ISOD intensity witnessed a fluctuating drop. There were large differences among intercity ISOD amount and intensity, which had various spatial patterns...
January 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771421/habitat-preference-and-seasonal-dynamics-of-phlebotomus-orientalis-in-urban-and-semi-urban-areas-of-kala-azar-endemic-district-of-kafta-humera-northwest-ethiopia
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Solomon Yared, Araya Gebresilassie, Essayas Akililu, Meshesha Balkew, Alon Warburg, Asrat Hailu, Teshome Gebre-Michael
Visceral leishmaniasis is a significant public health problem in northwest Ethiopia, particularly in Kafta Humera district. The study was designed to determine the species composition and population dynamics of sand flies in five villages representing urban and semi-urban areas of Kafta Humera district namely, Setit Humera, Mykadra, Rawyan, Bereket and Adebay. Sand flies were collected for two to three nights monthly from May 2011 to April 2012 using CDC light-traps and sticky traps. Traps were placed in villages, at periphery of villages and farm fields...
February 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746363/laboratory-studies-on-the-thermal-tolerance-and-response-of-enzymes-of-intermediate-metabolism-in-different-land-snail-species
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Alexandra Staikou, Evagelia Kesidou, Marina-Elena Garefalaki, Basile Michaelidis
Land snails species occur in a range of habitats from humid to semi-arid and arid ones and seasonal variations in their physiology and biochemical composition have been linked to annual cycles of photoperiod, temperature, humidity and water availability. In an effort to understand the thermal tolerance and the impact of temperature elevation on tissue metabolism of land snails we determined the mortality, heamolymph PO2 and the activities of enzymes of intermediary metabolism in three land snail species (Helix lucorum, Helix pomatia and Cornu aspersum) differing in their geographical distribution and inhabiting areas with different climatic characteristics...
January 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27724813/classifying-performer-strategies-in-drop-landing-activities
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Andrew D Nordin, Janet S Dufek, C Roger James, Barry T Bates
Our purpose was to use group and single-case methods to examine inter-individual variability in the context of factors related to landing injuries. We tested the load accommodation strategies model (An exploration of load accommodation strategies during walking with extremity-carried weights. Human Movement Science, 35, 17-29) using landing impulse, revealing pre-landing strategies following height and external load manipulations. Ten healthy volunteers (8 male, 2 female, 24.0 ± 1.4 years, 1.72 ± 0.06 m, 73...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27703712/stretching-the-truth-length-data-highlight-falsification-of-japanese-sperm-whale-catch-statistics-in-the-southern-hemisphere
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Phillip J Clapham, Yulia V Ivashchenko
Falsification of reports on Japanese catches of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) is known to have occurred at both land whaling stations and in North Pacific factory fleets. Here, we conduct an analysis of pelagic sperm whale catches in the Southern Hemisphere: we compare true Soviet length data from the Yuri Dolgorukiy factory fleet during 1960-1975 to data for the same period reported to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) by Japan. Prior to implementation of the International Observer Scheme (IOS) in 1972, the Soviet fleet killed 5536 females, of which only 153 (2...
September 2016: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27683812/high-species-richness-of-native-pollinators-in-brazilian-tomato-crops
#18
C M Silva-Neto, L L Bergamini, M A S Elias, G L Moreira, J M Morais, B A R Bergamini, E V Franceschinelli
Pollinators provide an essential service to natural ecosystems and agriculture. In tomatoes flowers, anthers are poricidal, pollen may drop from their pore when flowers are shaken by the wind. However, bees that vibrate these anthers increase pollen load on the stigma and in fruit production. The present study aimed to identify the pollinator richness of tomato flowers and investigate their morphological and functional traits related to the plant-pollinator interaction in plantations of Central Brazil. The time of anthesis, flower duration, and the number and viability of pollen grains and ovules were recorded...
September 26, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Biology, Revista Brasleira de Biologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27637264/stiff-landings-are-associated-with-increased-acl-injury-risk-in-young-female-basketball-and-floorball-players
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Mari Leppänen, Kati Pasanen, Urho M Kujala, Tommi Vasankari, Pekka Kannus, Sami Äyrämö, Tron Krosshaug, Roald Bahr, Janne Avela, Jarmo Perttunen, Jari Parkkari
BACKGROUND: Few prospective studies have investigated the biomechanical risk factors of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. PURPOSE: To investigate the relationship between biomechanical characteristics of vertical drop jump (VDJ) performance and the risk of ACL injury in young female basketball and floorball players. STUDY DESIGN: Cohort study; Level of evidence, 3. METHODS: At baseline, a total of 171 female basketball and floorball players (age range, 12-21 years) participated in a VDJ test using 3-dimensional motion analysis...
September 16, 2016: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27632838/effects-of-volitional-spine-stabilization-and-lower-extremity-fatigue-on-knee-and-ankle-during-landing-performance-in-a-recurrent-low-back-pain-population
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Ram Haddas, Steven F Sawyer, Phillip S Sizer, Toby Brooks, Ming-Chien Chyu, C Roger James
INTRODUCTION: Recurrent LBP (rLBP) and neuromuscular fatigue are independently thought to increase the risk of lower extremity (LE) injury. Volitional preemptive abdominal contraction (VPAC) is thought to improve lumbar spine and pelvis control in individuals with rLBP. The effects of VPAC on fatigued landing performance in individuals with rLBP are unknown. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of VPAC and LE fatigue on landing performance in a rLBP population. DESIGN: Cross-sectional pretest-posttest cohort control design...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
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