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Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 42(7): 665-673, July 2009. ilus, tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-517794

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Even though frequency analysis of body sway is widely applied in clinical studies, the lack of standardized procedures concerning power spectrum estimation may provide unreliable descriptors. Stabilometric tests were applied to 35 subjects (20-51 years, 54-95 kg, 1.6-1.9 m) and the power spectral density function was estimated for the anterior-posterior center of pressure time series. The median frequency was compared between power spectra estimated according to signal partitioning, sampling rate, test duration, and detrending methods. The median frequency reliability for different test durations was assessed using the intraclass correlation coefficient. When increasing number of segments, shortening test duration or applying linear detrending, the median frequency values increased significantly up to 137%. Even the shortest test duration provided reliable estimates as observed with the intraclass coefficient (0.74-0.89 confidence interval for a single 20-s test). Clinical assessment of balance may benefit from a standardized protocol for center of pressure spectral analysis that provides an adequate relationship between resolution and variance. An algorithm to estimate center of pressure power density spectrum is also proposed.


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Adult , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Young Adult , Pressure , Postural Balance/physiology , Posture/physiology , Algorithms , Fourier Analysis , Young Adult
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Braz. j. phys. ther. (Impr.) ; 12(5): 366-372, set.-out. 2008. ilus, tab, graf
Article in Portuguese | LILACS-Express | LILACS | ID: lil-499905

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CONTEXTUALIZAÇÃO: O estudo do comportamento das propriedades mecânicas do tendão in vivo pode trazer avanços na avaliação do impacto de programas de intervenção para flexibilidade e força, nas áreas clínica e desportiva. OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste trabalho foi quantificar a deformação (strain) e a frouxidão (slackness) relativas do tendão calcanear, durante mobilização passiva para quatro ângulos articulares do tornozelo e dois do joelho. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: O deslocamento da junção miotendínea foi quantificado através de imagens ultra-sonográficas capturadas durante a mobilização passiva do tornozelo, com o auxílio de um eletrogoniômetro e um eletromiógrafo, para garantir as angulações requeridas e a inatividade muscular, respectivamente. RESULTADOS: Os valores de deformação relativa encontrados variaram de 4,28±2,37 a -0,94±1,58 por cento para o joelho estendido e de 2,38±1,63 a -2,32±2,16 por cento para o joelho fletido. CONCLUSÕES: Os valores encontrados ratificam os da literatura, demonstrando a participação do tendão calcanear na variação do comprimento da unidade músculo-tendão, durante movimentação passiva. Estes resultados sugerem que as propriedades mecânicas dos tecidos tendinosos afetam a relação entre o comprimento das fibras e o ângulo articular, até mesmo nesse tipo de movimento.


BACKGROUND: In vivo study of the mechanical behavior of tendons may bring advances in evaluating the impact of intervention programs for flexibility and strength, in clinical practice and sports. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to quantify the relative strain and slackness of achilles tendons during passive mobilization, for four ankle joint angles and two knee angles. METHODS: The displacement of the muscle-tendon junction was quantified by means of ultrasound images acquired during passive ankle mobilization, with the aid of an electrogoniometer and an electromyograph to ensure the achievement of the required angles and muscle inactivity, respectively. RESULTS: The strain values ranged from 4.28 percent±2.37 to -0.94 percent±1.58 for the fully extended knee, and from 2.38 percent±1.63 to -2.32 percent±2.16 percent for the flexed knee. CONCLUSIONS: The values found in this study confirm those in the literature and demonstrate how the Achilles tendon participates in length changes in the muscle-tendon unit during passive movement. These results suggest that the mechanical properties of tendinous tissues affect the relationship between the length of muscle fibers and the joint angle, even during this type of movement.

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