Pascal J. F. de Vink

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The influence of an artificial leg length discrepancy (= ALLD) on stride times, pelvic rotations and activity of the intrinsic lumbar back muscles (= ILBM) was investigated for 20 subjects. An ALLD was created by shoes with a raised sole. Walking with an ALLD produced an increase of the swing phase time and a decrease of the stance phase time for both feet.(More)
A simple model of the thorax, pelvis and three columns of the intrinsic lumbar back muscles (= ILBM) was constructed. The model was used to study the length of the ILBM during the different stages of the walking cycle. The length of the right ILBM (especially the lateral column) was largest at right toe off, exactly the stage of the walking cycle in which(More)
The myoelectric activity of the mm. multifidi and the mm. iliocostales lumborum of six subjects was recorded during walking. The subjects walked on a treadmill as well as on a fixed walkway. On the treadmill, recordings were made at two different speeds and with a varying loading of the spine. There was almost no difference in myoelectric activity time(More)
Gait variables, pelvic rotations in the frontal and sagittal plane and RA-EMG (rectified and averaged EMG) of the three columns of the intrinsic lumbar back muscles (= ILBM) were recorded simultaneously during 48 succeeding strides of 11 subjects on a treadmill. Bilateral activity is found in all parts of the ILBM during the double support phase. After(More)
The extension force against resistance was recorded in 23 postures for 12 subjects to find explanations for the decrease in back strength in asymmetric postures. A reduction in muscle force in asymmetric postures was found up to 40%, but was strongly dependent on the plane in which asymmetry occurred, and on the posture to which it referred. A quantitative(More)
In recent years, methods that allow for an objective evaluation of perceived comfort, in terms of postural, physiological, cognitive and environmental comfort, have received a great deal of attention from researchers. This paper focuses on one of the factors that influences physiological comfort perception: the temperature difference between users and the(More)
Within this special issue, different aspects of the environment are studied: aspects that are distant from the human body, close to the body and touching the human body. Consequently, different human senses are involved in these studies as well as the different consequences and effects on the brain and human behaviour. This special issue also highlights(More)