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Tong-Hsien Chow, Yih-Shyuan Chen, Jia-Chang Wang
BACKGROUND: Plantar pressure measurement is effective for assessing plantar loading and can be applied to evaluating foot performance. We sought to explore the characteristics of plantar pressures in elite sprinters and recreational runners during static standing and walking. METHODS: Arch index (AI) values, regional plantar pressure distributions (PPDs), and footprint characteristics were examined in 80 elite sprinters and 90 recreational runners using an optical plantar pressure measurement system...
January 2018: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Seung Yeol Lee, Soon-Sun Kwon, Chin Youb Chung, Kyoung Min Lee, Ki Hyuk Sung, Sangwoo Kim, Moon Seok Park
BACKGROUND: Simultaneous motion of the knee and ankle joints is required for many activities including gait. We aimed to evaluate the influence of surgery involving tendons around the knee on ankle motion during gait in the sagittal plane in cerebral palsy patients. METHODS: We included data from 55 limbs in 34 patients with spastic cerebral palsy. Patients were followed up after undergoing only distal hamstring lengthening with or without additional rectus femoris transfer...
March 15, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Christopher McCrum, Pamela Leow, Gaspar Epro, Matthias König, Kenneth Meijer, Kiros Karamanidis
Tendons transfer forces produced by muscle to the skeletal system and can therefore have a large influence on movement effectiveness and safety. Tendons are mechanosensitive, meaning that they adapt their material, morphological and hence their mechanical properties in response to mechanical loading. Therefore, unloading due to immobilization or inactivity could lead to changes in tendon mechanical properties. Additionally, ageing may influence tendon biomechanical properties directly, as a result of biological changes in the tendon, and indirectly, due to reduced muscle strength and physical activity...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Steffi L Colyer, Polly M McGuigan
Textile electromyography (EMG) electrodes embedded in clothing allow muscle excitation to be recorded in previously inaccessible settings; however, their ability to accurately and reliably measure EMG during dynamic tasks remains largely unexplored. To quantify the validity and reliability of textile electrodes, 16 recreationally active males completed two identical testing sessions, within which three functional movements (run, cycle and squat) were performed twice: once wearing EMG shorts (measuring quadriceps, hamstrings and gluteals myoelectric activity) and once with surface EMG electrodes attached to the vastus lateralis, biceps femoris and gluteus maximus...
March 2018: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
C Deng, W D Ni, S Q Guo, G Luo, W Shui, B Qiao
Objective: To discuss the clinical outcomes of treating delayed acetabular fractures by combined anterior and posterior approach. Methods: A retrospective analysis was conducted of 31 delayed acetabular fractures from February 2012 to February 2017 in the First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, including 18 males and 13 females with age of 48.5 years(23 to 67 years) .The injury to the operation time was 35.9 days(22 to 183 days). Of these 31 cases, there were 6 cases of transverse and posterior wall fracture, 8 cases with anterior column+ posterior half transverse fracture, 12 cases with double column fracture and 5 cases of "T" type fracture according to Letournel-Judet classification...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
Marco A Minetto, Alberto Botter, Giulia Gamerro, Ilaria Varvello, Giuseppe Massazza, Rosa G Bellomo, Nicola A Maffiuletti, Raoul Saggini
BACKGROUND: The "contralateral effect" phenomenon refers to the strength gain in the opposite, untrained homonymous muscle following unilateral training. Previous studies showed that neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) of the right quadriceps facilitated maximal voluntary strength and efferent neural drive of the left knee extensors, while no previous study investigated the contralateral effect elicited by focal muscle vibration. AIM: To investigate whether quadriceps NMES and focal vibration, when applied unilaterally, have the same potential to enhance the contralateral muscle strength and the associated neural drive...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Mirco Floreani, Enrico Rejc, Paolo Taboga, Alessandro Ganzini, Rado Pišot, Bostjan Šimunič, Gianni Biolo, Carlo Reggiani, Angelina Passaro, Marco Narici, Joern Rittweger, Pietro Enrico di Prampero, Stefano Lazzer
In this study, we investigated: i) the effects of bed rest and a subsequent physical training program on metabolic cost (Cw), mechanical work and efficiency during walking in older and young men; ii) the mechanisms underlying the higher Cw observed in older than young men.Twenty-three healthy male subjects (N = 16 older adults, age 59.6±3.4 years; N = 7 young, age: 23.1±2.9 years) participated in this study. The subjects underwent 14 days of bed rest followed by two weeks of physical training (6 sessions)...
2018: PloS One
Felipe Alves Brigatto, Tiago Volpi Braz, Thamires Cristina da Costa Zanini, Moisés Diego Germano, Marcelo Saldanha Aoki, Brad Jon Schoenfeld, Paulo Henrique Marchetti, Charles Ricardo Lopes
The purpose of this study was to investigate the chronic effects of training muscle groups 1 day per week vs. 2 days per week on neuromuscular performance and morphological adaptations in trained men with the number of sets per muscle group equated between conditions. Participants were randomly assigned in 2 experimental groups: 1 session·wk per muscle group (G1, n = 10), where every muscle group was trained once a week with 16 sets or 2 sessions·wk per muscle group (G2, n = 10), where every muscle group was trained twice a week with 8 sets per session...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Maud Pradines, Marjolaine Baude, Christina Marciniak, Gerard Francisco, Jean-Michel Gracies, Emilie Hutin, Nicolas Bayle
BACKGROUND: In current health systems, long duration stretching, performed daily, cannot be obtained through prescriptions of physical therapy. In addition, the short-term efficacy of the various stretching techniques is disputed and their long-term effects remain undocumented. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate changes in extensibility in six lower limb muscles and in ambulation speed following a ≥1-year self-stretch program, the Guided Self-rehabilitation Contract (GSC), in individuals with chronic spastic paresis...
March 2, 2018: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Tamaya Van Criekinge, Steven Truijen, Chelsea Verbruggen, Lotte Van de Venis, Wim Saeys
OBJECTIVE: A systematic review to examine the effect of static or dynamic trunk training compared to standard care or control therapy on muscle activity and muscle thickness of the trunk and lower limb muscles in stroke survivors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This review was registered on PROSPERO (no: CRD42017063771) and was written according to the PRISMA guidelines. The search strategy included studies from the first indexed article until September 2017 and was performed in the electronical databases PubMed, Web of Science, Cochrane Library, Ovid Medline and PEDro...
March 5, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Kwang Ho Cho, Zhe Wu Jin, Hiroshi Abe, Jőrg Wilting, Gen Murakami, José Francisco Rodríguez-Vázquez
The human fasciae latae muscle (TFL) is inserted into the iliotibial tract and plays a critical role in lateral stabilization of the hip joint. We previously described a candidate of the initial iliotibial tract that originated from the gluteus maximus muscle and extended distally. This study extended our observations by examining 30 human embryos and fetuses of gestational age (GA) 7-14 (crown-to-rump length [CR:] 24-108 mm). At GA 7 weeks, the TFL appeared as a small muscle mass floating in the subcutaneous tissue near the origins of the gluteus medius and rectus femoris muscles...
March 3, 2018: Folia Morphologica (Warsz)
Yirong Yang, Lisa Y Yang, Lilla Orban, Darnell Cuylear, Jeffrey Thompson, Bruce Simon, Yi Yang
BACKGROUND: Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) significantly reduces infarct volume in rat models of cerebral ischemia, but the mechanism of this protective effect remains open. HYPOTHESIS: This study tested the hypothesis that non-invasive VNS (nVNS), during transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO), protects the blood-brain barrier (BBB), leading to reduced infarct size in ischemic brain. METHODS: Spontaneous hypertensive rats (SHRs) were subjected to a 90 min MCAO...
February 15, 2018: Brain Stimulation
Kenji Masumoto, Jared Joerger, John A Mercer
BACKGROUND: Running with body weight support (BWS) has been used for physical fitness enhancement. Nevertheless, gait mechanics of running with BWS is not fully understood. RESEARCH QUESTION: We investigated influence of stride frequency manipulation on muscle activity during running at various BWS conditions. METHODS: Nineteen participants (23.8 ± 4.1 years) ran on a lower body positive pressure treadmill at their preferred speed and preferred stride frequency (PSF) for 0%BWS, 50%BWS, and 80%BWS conditions...
February 16, 2018: Gait & Posture
Lorenzo Grazi, Simona Crea, Andrea Parri, Raffaele Molino Lova, Silvestro Micera, Nicola Vitiello
We present a novel assistive control strategy for a robotic hip exoskeleton for assisting hip flexion/extension, based on a proportional Electromyography (EMG) strategy. The novelty of the proposed controller relies on the use of the Gastrocnemius Medialis (GM) EMG signal instead of a hip flexor muscle, to control the hip flexion torque. This strategy has two main advantages: first, avoiding the placement of the EMG electrodes at the human-robot interface can reduce discomfort issues for the user and motion artifacts of the recorded signals; second, using a powerful signal for control, such as the GM, could improve the reliability of the control system...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Bryan M Saltzman, Michael J Collins, Thomas A Arns, Brian Forsythe
CASE: A snapping biceps femoris tendon, a rare etiology for symptomatic pain in the lateral aspect of the knee, has been reported infrequently. We report 2 cases of an acutely symptomatic unilateral snapping biceps femoris tendon with an intraoperatively intact anomalous insertion onto the tibia, which were treated with anatomic repositioning and "pie-crust" lengthening via a single suture anchor. CONCLUSION: Anatomic repositioning and lengthening is a novel technique that successfully resolved the painful snapping and allowed full return to competitive sports by 6 months postoperatively, with maintenance of improvement at ≥14 months postoperatively...
February 28, 2018: JBJS Case Connector
Chad E Glasser, Michael R Gartner, Dawn Wilson, Barry Miller, Matthew L Sherman, Kenneth M Attie
INTRODUCTION: ACE-083 is a locally acting follistatin-based therapeutic that binds myostatin and other muscle regulators and has been shown to increase muscle mass and force in neuromuscular disease mouse models. This first-in-human study examined these effects. METHODS: In this phase 1, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-ranging study in healthy postmenopausal women, ACE-083 (50-200 mg) or placebo was administered unilaterally into rectus femoris (RF) or tibialis anterior (TA) muscles as 1 or 2 doses 3 weeks apart...
February 27, 2018: Muscle & Nerve
Kohei Watanabe
INTRODUCTION: We investigated regional differences in amplitude modulation of the spinal reflex along the human rectus femoris (RF) muscle to test the hypothesis that this muscle is regionally regulated at the spinal cord or a higher level. METHODS: Surface electromyography was conducted at six different sites along the RF muscle during the conditioned patellar tendon reflex in eight healthy young men. RESULTS: A significant difference in the reflex amplitude among the channels was observed during 20% of the maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) and there was a significant difference in normalized reflex amplitude between 10 and 20% of the MVC at most proximal channel (p < 0...
February 24, 2018: Human Movement Science
Rasmus S Husted, Jesper Bencke, Per Hölmich, Lars L Andersen, Kristian Thorborg, Thomas Bandholm, Bjørn Gliese, Hanne B Lauridsen, Grethe Myklebust, Per Aagaard, Mette K Zebis
Background: Reduced lower extremity muscle strength as well as reduced lower extremity muscle pre-activity (defined as muscular activity just prior to initial ground contact) during high-risk movements are factors related to increased risk of non-contact ACL injury in adolescent female athletes. A strong relationship exists between muscle strength and muscle activity obtained during an isometric contraction, however, whether these two measures are related when muscle activity is obtained during a movement associated with a high risk of non-contact ACL injury is not known...
February 2018: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
Mark Archie, Steven Farley
INTRODUCTION: Common femoral artery (CFA) occlusion by the Perclose suture device has been rarely reported in the literature. Authors and industry have no proposed mechanism. A review of patients who required operative repair may identify a possible mechanism for CFA occlusion. METHODS: At a single center, two patients were identified with CFA occlusion due to posterior CFA wall suturing. Vessel characteristics, angiographic, and intraoperative findings were reviewed...
February 23, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Kentaro Igarashi, Kei Kawaguchi, Tasuku Kiyuna, Kentaro Miyake, Masuyo Miyake, Arun S Singh, Mark A Eckardt, Scott D Nelson, Tara A Russell, Sarah M Dry, Yunfeng Li, Norio Yamamoto, Katsuhiro Hayashi, Hiroaki Kimura, Shinji Miwa, Hiroyuki Tsuchiya, Shree Ram Singh, Fritz C Eilber, Robert M Hoffman
Undifferentiated soft tissue sarcoma (USTS) is a recalcitrant and heterogeneous subgroup of soft tissue sarcoma with high risk of metastasis and recurrence. Due to heterogeneity of USTS, there is no reliably effective first-line therapy. We have generated tumor-targeting Salmonella typhimurium A1-R (S. typhimurium A1-R), which previously showed strong efficacy on single patient-derived orthotopic xenograft (PDOX) models of Ewing's sarcoma and follicular dendritic cell sarcoma. In the present study, tumor resected from 4 patients with a biopsy-proven USTS (2 undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma [UPS], 1 undifferentiated sarcoma not otherwise specified [NOS] and 1 undifferentiated spindle cell sarcoma [USS]) were grown orthotopically in the biceps femoris muscle of mice to establish PDOX models...
February 23, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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