Evaluation of Torque, Electromyographic Activity and Neuromuscular Efficiency of the Internal Oblique Muscle in Pilates Practitioners

SUMMARY Background. The present study aimed to evaluate the neuromuscular efficiency (NME) of the internal oblique (IO) muscle through electromyography (EMG) analysis, torque test in practitioners and non-practitioners (control) of Pilates. Methods. Participants included 40 health women: Pilates practitioners (n = 20) and non-practitioners (n = 20). They were tested for trunk flexion (torque). Their internal oblique IO muscle … Continued

Effects of Ischemic Preconditioning on Functional and Neuromuscular Performance of Lower Limbs of Male Amateur Soccer Players: Protocol for a Randomized Trial

SUMMARY Background. Although ischemic preconditioning (IPC) has been used to improve performance in different sports, no consensus about the effectiveness of IPC on performance of amateur soccer players is established. Objective. To investigate the effects of IPC on functional and neuromuscular performance of lower limbs of male amateur soccer players. Methods. Male amateur soccer players aged 18 to … Continued

Static Stretching at Pain-Tolerated Intensity Is Not Necessary to Increase Knee Range of Motion in Amateur Soccer Players: a Randomized Trial

ABSTRACT Background. Stretching exercises are commonly used in warm-up routines before sports practice. However, there is a lack of evidence regarding the optimal intensity at which passive stretching should be performed in soccer players. This study investi­gated the acute and chronic effects of different static stretching intensities on the knee ROM, passive torque and functional … Continued

Reliability of an isometric and isokinetic strength testing protocol of the knee and ankle in young adults

Background. Isokinetic dynamometers are becoming very common in assessing muscle strength and pathology, both in research and clinical practice, but for most of those devices reliability studies are still needed to support their extended use. The aim of this study is to assess the test-retest reliability also in health adults. Methods. Thirty adults (13 male … Continued