Kenneth Meijer

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With the advent of miniaturized sensing technology, which can be body-worn, it is now possible to collect and store data on different aspects of human movement under the conditions of free living. This technology has the potential to be used in automated activity profiling systems which produce a continuous record of activity patterns over extended periods(More)
Satellite cells (SC) are essential for skeletal muscle growth and repair. Because sarcopenia is associated with type II muscle fiber atrophy, we hypothesized that SC content is specifically reduced in the type II fibers in the elderly. A total of eight elderly (E; 76 +/- 1 yr) and eight young (Y; 20 +/- 1 yr) healthy males were selected. Muscle biopsies(More)
AIM The purpose of the present study was to distinguish the effects of both diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM2) and diabetic polyneuropathy (DPN) on mobility, muscle strength and health related quality of life (HR-QoL). METHODS DPN patients (n=98), DM2 patients without DPN (DC) (n=39) and healthy subjects (HC) (n=19) performed isometric and isokinetic lower(More)
Accelerometers enable us to analyse gait outside conventional gait laboratories. Before these devices can be used in large scale studies and in clinical settings a thorough evaluation of their performance in different populations is required. The aim of this study was to present an acceleration-based reference database for healthy gait. The repeatability(More)
BACKGROUND Considerable discrepancy exists in the literature on the proposed benefits of protein supplementation on the adaptive response of skeletal muscle to resistance-type exercise training in the elderly. OBJECTIVE The objective was to assess the benefits of timed protein supplementation on the increase in muscle mass and strength during prolonged(More)
Motor actions are governed by coordinated activation of mono- and biarticular muscles. This study considered differences in mono- and biarticular knee extensors between runners and cyclists in the context of adaptations to task-specific movement requirements. Two hypotheses were tested: 1) the length-at-use hypothesis, which is that muscle adapts to have it(More)
Previous studies showed age-related redistribution of joint torques from ankle joint plantar flexion to hip joint extension in gait. In the present study it was hypothesized that running can prevent the occurrence of this joint torque redistribution. Four groups of subjects participated in this study (young and elderly both physically active and inactive).(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with diabetic polyneuropathy (DPN) are often confronted with ulceration of foot soles. Increased plantar pressure under the forefoot has been identified as a major risk factor for ulceration. This study sets out to test the hypothesis that changes in gait characteristics induced by DPN related muscle weakness are the origin of the(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the relationship between skeletal muscle fiber type-specific characteristics, circulating hormone concentrations, and skeletal muscle mass and strength in older men. DESIGN Cross-sectional analyses. SETTING University research center. PARTICIPANTS Forty-one community dwelling elderly men (≥ 65). MEASUREMENTS Leg strength(More)
We determined muscle fiber type-specific hypertrophy and changes in satellite cell (SC) content following a 12-week resistance training program in 13 healthy, elderly men (72 +/- 2 years). Leg strength and body composition (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and computed tomography) were assessed, and muscle biopsy samples were collected. Leg strength(More)