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Within the European multi-centre MyoAge project, one workpackage was designed to investigate the contribution of age-related changes to muscle mass, contractile characteristics and neural control in relation to reductions in mobility in older age. The methodology has been described here. Test centres were located in Manchester, UK; Paris, France; Leiden,(More)
Isokinetic torque deficit of the knee extensor muscles in the operated leg was measured in 21 male patients (mean age 26.4±1.9 years) who had undergone arthroscopic partial medial meniscectomy. The isokinetic torque testing was performed 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively using the Cybex II dynamometer according to standard technique. Isokinetic knee(More)
The purposes of the present study were to determine muscle strength and power output characteristics in a group of professional soccer players and to identify their relationships with 2 functional performance tests (vertical jumping height and 15-m sprint time). Maximal strength and power indices attained against different loads in barbell back squat(More)
This study compared electrically evoked twitch contraction characteristics of the plantar flexor muscles in pre-pubertal (11-year-old) and post-pubertal (16-year old) boys, and young (19- to 23-year-old) men. The posterior tibial nerve was stimulated by supramaximal square-wave pulses of 1 ms duration at rest and after brief (5 s) isometric maximal(More)
Relative and absolute muscle mass and muscle strength are used as diagnostic criteria for sarcopenia. We aimed to assess which diagnostic criteria are most associated with physical performance in 180 young (18–30 years) and 281 healthy old participants (69–81 years) of the European study MYOAGE. Diagnostic criteria included relative muscle mass (total or(More)
This study compared postactivation potentiation (PAP) in knee extensor muscles after a 10 s conditioning isometric maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) in female power- (PT, n = 12) and endurance-trained (ET, n = 12) athletes, and untrained (UT, n = 12) women aged 20–24 years. Isometric twitch characteristics of the knee extensor muscles were assessed in(More)
This study assessed low back muscle fatigue during Sørensen back endurance test in chronic low back pain (CLBP) patients and healthy controls, and investigated relationship between the erector spinae muscle fatigability and subject's anthropometric characteristics. Four groups (n = 10 per group) of middle-aged (47-52-year-old) subjects participated: 1)(More)
AIM The purpose of this study was to compare knee extension rate of isometric force development and vertical jumping performance characteristics in young, middle-aged and elderly women. METHODS Unilateral knee extension maximal rate of isometric force development (RFD) was measured by a dynamometer. Maximal squat (SJ) and counter-movement jumps (CMJ) were(More)
Pathological obstruction in lungs leads to severe decreases in muscle strength and mobility in patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The purpose of this study was to investigate the interdependency between muscle strength, spirometric pulmonary functions and mobility outcomes in healthy older men and women, where skeletal muscle and(More)
Twitch potentiation in knee extensor (KE) muscles after a 7-s conditioning isometric maximal voluntary contraction (MVC trial), submaximal (25% MVC) voluntary contraction (SVC trial) and submaximal tetanic contraction (25% MVC) induced by percutaneous electrical stimulation at 100 Hz (PES trial) was compared in 12 men aged 19–25 years. Isometric twitch(More)