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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544170/hamstring-injury-prevention-in-soccer-before-or-after-training
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Ric Lovell, Michael Knox, Matthew Weston, Jason C Siegler, Scott Brennan, Paul W M Marshall
We examined the effects of a 12-week program of Nordic hamstring exercises (NHE), administered before or after football training, upon eccentric hamstring strength, muscle activity, and architectural adaptations. Amateur soccer players were randomized into 3 groups. The control group (CON; n=11) undertook core stability exercises, whereas a periodized NHE program was delivered either before (NHEBEF ; n=10) or after (NHEAFT ; n=14) bi-weekly training sessions. Outcome measures included peak torque and concomitant normalized peak surface electromyography signals (sEMG) of the biceps femoris (BF) and medial hamstring (MH) muscles during knee flexor maximal eccentric contractions, performed at 30°·s(-1) ...
May 24, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509432/feasibility-assessment-of-shear-wave-elastography-to-lumbar-back-muscles-a-radioanatomic-study
#2
Maud Creze, Krystel Nyangoh Timoh, Olivier Gagey, Laurence Rocher, Marie-France Bellin, Marc Soubeyrand
INTRODUCTION: Low back pain is often associated with tensional changes in the paraspinal muscles detected by palpatory procedures. Shear wave elastography (SWE), recently introduced, allows the stiffness of muscles to be assessed non-invasively. The aim of our work was to study the feasibility of using SWE on the three main lumbar back muscles (multifidus, longissimus and iliocostalis) in vivo after analyzing their muscular architecture ex vivo. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We determined the orientation of fibers in the multifidus, longissimus and iliocotalis muscles in seven fresh cadavers using gross anatomy and B-Mode ultrasound imaging...
May 16, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502972/distribution-innervation-and-cellular-organization-of-taste-buds-in-the-sea-catfish-plotosus-japonicus
#3
Tatsufumi Nakamura, Naoki Matsuyama, Masato Kirino, Masanori Kasai, Sadao Kiyohara, Takanori Ikenaga
The gustatory system of the sea catfish Plotosus japonicus, like that of other catfishes, is highly developed. To clarify the details of the morphology of the peripheral gustatory system of Plotosus, we used whole-mount immunohistochemistry to investigate the distribution and innervation of the taste buds within multiple organs including the barbels, oropharyngeal cavity, fins (pectoral, dorsal, and caudal), and trunk. Labeled taste buds could be observed in all the organs examined. The density of the taste buds was higher along the leading edges of the barbels and fins; this likely increases the chance of detecting food...
May 13, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501137/supinator-to-ulnar-nerve-transfer-via-in-situ-anterior-interosseous-nerve-bridge-to-restore-intrinsic-muscle-function-in-combined-proximal-median-and-ulnar-nerve-injury-a-novel-cadaveric-study
#4
Hamid Namazi, Shahin HajiVandi
BACKGROUND: In cases of high ulnar nerve palsy, result of nerve repair in term of intrinsic muscle recovery is unsatisfactory. Distal nerve transfer can diminish the regeneration time and improve the results. But, there was no perfect distal nerve transfer for restoring intrinsic hand function in combined proximal median and ulnar nerve injuries. This cadaveric study aims to evaluate the possibility and feasibility of supinator nerve transfer to motor branch of ulnar nerve (MUN). METHODS: Ten cadaveric upper limbs dissected to identify the location of the supinator branch, anterior interosseous nerve (AIN), and MUN...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500032/senescence-gives-insights-into-the-morphogenetic-evolution-of-anamniotes
#5
Éric Villiard, Jean-François Denis, Faranak Sadat Hashemi, Sebastian Igelmann, Gerardo Ferbeyre, Stéphane Roy
Senescence represents a mechanism to avoid undesired cell proliferation that plays a role in tumor suppression, wound healing and embryonic development. In order to gain insight on the evolution of senescence, we looked at its presence in developing axolotls (urodele amphibians) and in zebrafish (teleost fish), which are both anamniotes. Our data indicate that cellular senescence is present in various developing structures in axolotls (pronephros, olfactory epithelium of nerve fascicles, lateral organs, gums) and in zebrafish (epithelium of the yolk sac and in the lower part of the gut)...
May 12, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488136/bilateral-differences-in-muscle-fascicle-architecture-are-not-related-to-the-preferred-leg-in-jumping-athletes
#6
Jeroen Aeles, Sietske Lenchant, Liesbeth Vanlommel, Benedicte Vanwanseele
PURPOSE: In many sports, athletes have a preferred leg for sport-specific tasks, such as jumping, which leads to strength differences between both legs, yet the underlying changes in force-generating mechanical properties of the muscle remain unknown. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the muscle architecture of the medial gastrocnemius (MG) is different between both legs in well-trained jumping athletes and untrained individuals. In addition, we investigated the effect of two ankle joint positions on ultrasound muscle architecture measurements...
May 9, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486591/hourglass-like-constriction-of-the-brachial-plexus-in-the-posterior-cord-a-case-report
#7
Yasunobu Nakagawa, Hitoshi Hirata
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE: Hourglass-like constrictions are fascicular conditions confirmed definitively by interfascicular neurolysis. Certain peripheral nerves have vulnerable areas such as around the elbow in the posterior interosseous nerve. We report the first hourglass-like constriction in the brachial plexus supplying the radial innervated forearm musculature. Preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of the brachial plexus were consistent with neuralgic amyotrophy (NA)...
May 9, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484857/muscle-architectural-properties-in-the-common-marmoset-callithrix-jacchus
#8
Naomichi Ogihara, Motoharu Oishi, Ryogo Kanai, Hikaru Shimada, Takahiro Kondo, Kimika Yoshino-Saito, Junichi Ushiba, Hideyuki Okano
The common marmoset, Callithrix jacchus, is a small New World monkey that has recently gained attention as an important experimental animal model in the field of neuroscience as well in rehabilitative and regenerative medicine. This attention reflects the closer phylogenetic relationship between humans and common marmosets compared to that between humans and other experimental animals. When studying the neuronal mechanism behind various types of neurological motor disorders using the common marmoset, possible differences in muscle parameters (e...
May 8, 2017: Primates; Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484395/influence-of-joint-angle-on-residual-force-enhancement-in-human-plantar-flexors
#9
Atsuki Fukutani, Jun Misaki, Tadao Isaka
Compared to pure isometric contractions, isometric muscle force at a given length is larger when the eccentric contraction is conducted before the isometric contraction. This phenomenon is widely known as residual force enhancement, and has been confirmed consistently in isolated muscle experiments. The purpose of this study was to confirm whether residual force enhancement also occurs in human plantar flexors and to examine its joint angle dependence. Eleven men participated in this study. Isometric joint torque was measured in a Control trial (pure isometric contraction) and Residual force enhancement (RFE) trial (isometric contraction after eccentric contraction) at plantar flexion 0° (Short condition) and dorsiflexion 15° (Long condition)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481941/fine-structure-of-mouthparts-and-feeding-performance-of-pyrrhocoris-sibiricus-kuschakevich-with-remarks-on-the-specialization-of-sensilla-and-stylets-for-seed-feeding
#10
Yan Wang, Wu Dai
Mouthpart structure and feeding behavior in the temperate firebug, Pyrrhocoris sibiricus Kuschakevich, an important pest that feeds on seeds of leguminous and gramineous plants, are described for the first time. Mouthparts were observed using scanning electron microscopy to examine the external morphology, distribution and abundance of sensilla on mouthparts. Feeding performance by adults on both seeds and shoots were observed using a binocular microscope. The four-segmented labium contains 3 types of sensilla trichodea, 3 types of sensilla basiconica, 1 type of sensilla placodea and 1 type of sensilla campaniformia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478817/recrudescence-of-herpes-virus-infections-following-resection-of-schwannomas-an-antiviral-role-of-merlin
#11
İlhan Elmaci, Meric A Altinoz
After schwannoma resection, reactivation of herpes infections were reported. Also, IgM antibody titers against Herpes viri increase among 30% of patients, who develop fascial palsy following schwannoma resection. Merlin interacts with p53 pathway and seems to function as a suppressor of viral propagation. Loss of merlin may increase viral particles in nerve fascicles, yet these may fail to cause infections due to immunostimulation by other aberrant antigens present in schwannoma cells. Removal of schwannomas may decrease the antigenic diversity and trigger viral recrudescence...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477226/-malignant-bileaflet-mitral-valve-prolapse-syndrome-in-otherwise-idiopathic-ventricular-fibrillation
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Dirk Vollmann, Claudius Hansen, Lars Lüthje, Ole A Breithardt
A 32-year-old, otherwise healthy woman was admitted after successful out-of-hospital resuscitation due to ventricular fibrillation. Established cardiac, pulmonary, metabolic, and toxicological causes were excluded. However, persisting (biphasic) negative T waves in the inferior ECG leads and premature ventricular contractions (PVC) were noted. PVC morphology indicated a focus alternating between the posterior papillary muscle/the left posterior fascicle and the left ventricular outflow tract region/anterior papillary muscle...
May 5, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474872/is-the-stiffness-of-human-muscle-and-tendon-structures-related-to-muscle-fiber-composition-in-vivo
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Keitaro Kubo, Daisuke Miyazaki, Hideaki Yata, Shozo Shimoju, Masaji Okada, Naoya Tsunoda
AIM: The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between estimated muscle fiber composition (time-to-peak twitch torque; TPT) and muscle stiffness under passive and active conditions as well as stiffness of tendon structures in human plantar flexors. METHODS: TPT was assessed using supramaximal electrical stimulation. Active muscle stiffness in the medial gastrocnemius muscle was calculated based on changes in estimated muscle force and fascicle length during fast stretching after 50% maximal isometric contractions...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460791/first-study-on-the-peptidergic-innervation-of-the-brain-superior-sagittal-sinus-in-humans
#14
Simone Sampaolo, Giovanna Liguori, Alfredo Vittoria, Filomena Napolitano, Luca Lombardi, Javier Figols, Mariarosa Anna Beatrice Melone, Teresa Esposito, Giuseppe Di Iorio
The superior sagittal sinus (SSS) of the mammalian brain is a pain-sensitive intracranial vessel thought to play a role in the pathogenesis of migraine headaches. Here, we aimed to investigate the presence and the potential co-localization of some neurotransmitters in the human SSS. Immunohistochemical and double-labeling immunofluorescence analyses were applied to paraformaldehyde-fixed, paraffin-embedded, coronal sections of the SSS. Protein extraction and Western blotting technique were performed on the same material to confirm the morphological data...
April 24, 2017: Neuropeptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459795/four-weeks-of-nordic-hamstring-exercise-reduce-muscle-injury-risk-factors-in-young-adults
#15
João Breno de A R Alvares, Vanessa Bernardes Marques, Marco Aurélio Vaz, Bruno Manfredini Baroni
The Nordic hamstring exercise (NHE) is a field-based exercise designed for knee-flexor eccentric strengthening, aimed at muscle strains prevention. However, possible effects of NHE programmes on other hamstring injury risk factors remain unclear. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a NHE training programme on multiple hamstring injury risk factors. Twenty physically active young adults were allocated into two equal sized groups: control group (CG) and training group (TG). The TG was engaged in a 4-week NHE programme, twice a week, 3 sets of 6-10 repetitions; while CG received no exercise intervention...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449078/surface-electrocardiography-characteristics-and-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-of-idiopathic-ventricular-arrhythmias-originating-from-the-left-infero-septal-papillary-muscles-differences-from-those-originating-from-the-left-posterior-fascicle
#16
Shixing Li, Zulu Wang, Zhaoliang Shan, Xiangmin Shi, Ming Liang, Yanchun Liang, Zhiqing Jin, Yaling Han, Yutang Wang
Aims: Distinguishing between ventricular arrhythmias originating from the left ventricular infero-septal papillary muscles (PM) and those from the left posterior fascicle (LPF) by surface electrocardiography (ECG) is very difficult. This study aimed to report the ECG characteristics and radiofrequency catheter ablation of PM and LPF ventricular arrhythmias. Methods and results: A total of 127 patients underwent catheter ablation of idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias originating from the LPF (n = 106; 85 males; 10-70 years) or PM (n = 21; 14 males; 4-68 years) were studied...
April 24, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444887/morphological-study-of-the-atrioventricular-conduction-system-and-purkinje-fibers-in-yak
#17
Deyong Duan, Sijiu Yu, Yan Cui, Chaoxu Li
We studied the morphology of the atrioventricular conduction system (AVCS) and Purkinje fibers of the yak. Light and transmission electron microscopy were used to study the histological features of AVCS. The distributional characteristics of the His-bundle, the left bundle branch (LBB), right bundle branch (RBB), and Purkinje fiber network of yak hearts were examined using gross dissection, ink injection, and ABS casting. The results showed that the atrioventricular node (AVN) of yak located in the right side of interatrial septum and had a flattened ovoid shape...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444436/acute-effects-of-static-stretching-on-muscle-tendon-mechanics-of-quadriceps-and-plantar-flexor-muscles
#18
Tom Bouvier, Jules Opplert, Carole Cometti, Nicolas Babault
PURPOSE: This study aimed to determine the acute effects of static stretching on stiffness indexes of two muscle groups with a contrasting difference in muscle-tendon proportion. METHODS: Eleven active males were tested on an isokinetic dynamometer during four sessions randomly presented. Two sessions were dedicated to quadriceps and the two others to triceps surae muscles. Before and immediately after the stretching procedure (5 × 30 s), gastrocnemius medialis and rectus femoris fascicle length and myotendinous junction elongation were determined using ultrasonography...
April 25, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438166/adjacent-regenerative-peripheral-nerve-interfaces-produce-phase-antagonist-signals-during-voluntary-walking-in-rats
#19
Daniel Ursu, Andrej Nedic, Melanie Urbanchek, Paul Cederna, R Brent Gillespie
BACKGROUND: Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interfaces (RPNIs) are neurotized muscle grafts intended to produce electromyographic signals suitable for motorized prosthesis control. Two RPNIs producing independent agonist/antagonist signals are required for each control axis; however, it is unknown whether signals from adjacent RPNIs are independent. The purpose of this work was to determine signaling characteristics from two adjacent RPNIs, the first neurotized by a foot dorsi-flexor nerve and the second neurotized by a foot plantar-flexor nerve in a rodent model...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435080/investigating-mechanisms-of-tendon-damage-by-measuring-multi-scale-recovery-following-tensile-loading
#20
Andrea H Lee, Spencer E Szczesny, Michael H Santare, Dawn M Elliott
Tendon pathology is associated with damage. While tendon damage is likely initiated by mechanical loading, little is known about the specific etiology. Damage is defined as an irreversible change in the microstructure that alters the macroscopic mechanical parameters. In tendon, the link between mechanical loading and microstructural damage, resulting in macroscopic changes, is not fully elucidated. In addition, tendon damage at the macroscale has been proposed to initiate when tendon is loaded beyond a strain threshold, yet the metrics to define the damage threshold are not determined...
April 20, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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