Exercise Biomechanics: Pathways to Improve Health

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2023) | Viewed by 3375

Special Issue Editors

1. Department of Sports, Higher Institute of Educational Sciences of the Douro, 4560-708 Penafiel, Portugal
2. Research Center in Sports, Health and Human Development, CIDESD, 6201-001 Covilhã, Portugal
Interests: biomechanics; energy cost; exercise; health promotion; training
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1. Research Centre in Sports Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Development (CIDESD), 5001-801 Vila Real, Portugal
2. Department of Sport Sciences, Instituto Politécnico da Guarda (IPG), 6300-559 Guarda, Portugal
3. Department of Sport Sciences, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (IPB), 5300-253 Bragança, Portugal
Interests: training load; team sports; football; sports medicine; performance; monitoring; metabolic diseases; cardiovascular diseases; Epidemology; public health
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Researching in Sports Biomechanics require an interdisciplinary approach that allows a detailed analysis of the mechanics and the physiological impact of the human movement. This area comprises subjects related to the biomechanical load, concerning to internal (typically physiological) and external demands (mainly mechanic) explaining and suggestion ways to improve sports performance. A deeper understanding of the mechanisms behind how the body responds to demands of daily life, physical activity, and athletic competition would help people to exercise and achieve their own objectives more effectively. The kinetics and kinematics of human motions, the musculoskeletal system, biomechanical testing techniques, biomechanical modeling, preventive and rehabilitation, sports performance, and exercise and health are just a few of the subjects that might be discussed in this special issue. Through biomechanical measurement and modelling, the rules of mechanics may allow to provide a clearer comprehension of sports performance. Mathematical procedures or modulations, experimental tests, and computational simulations to assess kinematics and kinetic variables are of high importance to improve sportsmen performance and understand the underlying mechanisms of the physiological responses. In accordance with the aims of the journal, this issue will emphasize on important methods and information to improve coaches and players practices. Contributions that, from a biomechanical viewpoint will explain and examine, a number of sports biomechanics-related topics and their useful applications and/or discuss many topics of interest, such as physical activity, rehabilitation, fitness, and competitive sport. Your contribution, whether it takes the form of an original paper, a case study, commentary, or a review, is appreciated. Furthermore, the topics of this special issue are related to:

  • Testing equipment, instruments, gears and software’s for exercise biomechanics.
  • Assessing the physical activity and exercise effects in physical and condition for health.
  • Biomechanical lifelong kinetic and kinematic analysis to improve health and physical condition.
  • Assessing lifelong biomechanical load and the relations with health.
  • Comparing methods to assess biomechanical variables in different contexts related to health.
  • The effect of training and physical activity sessions in health status.

Dr. Pedro Miguel Forte
Dr. José Eduardo Teixeira
Guest Editors

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  • biomechanics
  • health
  • exercise
  • physical activity

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Exercise Biomechanics for Health: Evaluating Lifelong Activities for Well-Being
Healthcare 2023, 11(6), 900; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare11060900 - 21 Mar 2023
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Biomechanics is a multidisciplinary study of the mechanical laws and principles that govern human movement and the functioning of biological systems [...] Full article
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The Reliability of the Timed Up and Go Test among Portuguese Elderly
Healthcare 2023, 11(7), 928; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare11070928 - 23 Mar 2023
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Assessment of dynamic balance is typically completed through functional tests, such as the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test, which measures the time it takes for an individual to stand up from a chair, walk a set distance, turn around, and sit back [...] Read more.
Assessment of dynamic balance is typically completed through functional tests, such as the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test, which measures the time it takes for an individual to stand up from a chair, walk a set distance, turn around, and sit back down. This test has been validated in several countries. However, in the Portuguese population there is a gap on testing the reliability of this functional test in a sample of the elderly both living in the community or in nursing homes. Thus, this study aimed at examining the reliability of the TUG in a sample of Portuguese elderly. An Intraclass Correlation Coefficient (ICC) analysis was performed between the first time (T1) and the time score after 16 weeks (T2) in TUG test by 38 males and 79 females aged between 60 and 92 years. The results showed acceptable scores of ICC in community-dwelling and nursing home resident elderly in both moments. In addition, significant differences were found between these groups of older adults, showing that community-dwelling elderly show greater agility and balance capacity compared to those living in nursing homes. Thus, the TUG test can be applied in the Portuguese elderly in both community-dwelling and nursing home resident elderly. Full article
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