Symmetry and Asymmetry in Biomechanics and Human Physiology

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Life Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2022) | Viewed by 2695

Special Issue Editors

1. Department of Science & Technology, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal - School of Education, 2914–504 Setúbal, Portugal
2. Life Quality Research Centre, Complexo Andaluz, Apartado, 2040-413 Rio Maior, Portugal
Interests: sport sciences; training load monitoring; strength and conditioning; metabolic expenditure; testing; performance analysis; training; exercise physiology; biomechanics; recovery procedures; physical activity
1. Department of Science & Technology, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal - School of Education, 2914–504 Setúbal, Portugal
2. Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon, 1499-002 Cruz Quebrada, Portugal
3. Life Quality Research Centre, Complexo Andaluz, Apartado, 2040-413 Rio Maior, Portugal
Interests: sport sciences; training load monitoring; strength and conditioning; metabolic expenditure; testing; performance analysis; training; exercise physiology; sport pedagogy; recovery procedures; physical activity; soccer
Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, School of Sport and Leisure, 4960-320 Melgaço, Portugal
Interests: football; soccer; match analysis; performance analysis; network analysis
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1. Faculty of Sport, University of Porto, 4200-450 Porto, Portugal
2. Centre for Research, Education, Innovation and Intervention in Sport, 4200-450 Porto, Portugal
Interests: dentification and characterization of the biomehcanical and physiological determinant factors of sports performance; quantification of the effects of different training methods in physical form and technical ability from young to adult performers
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Movement and locomotion have always been key activities in humans. Physical exercise and performance in sports are strongly linked to physiological variables, which are dependent on biomechanical aspects associated with fatigue and energy expenditure. The concepts of symmetry and asymmetry are often used to assess the normality of movement in sports or rehabilitation processes. The knowledge provided by scientific studies on this topic can be useful to optimize coaching and training programs and aid adequate long-term development of athletes, while improving quality of life, the reduction of risk in sport injuries and health care costs and promoting the conditions for performance enhancement in sports. This context gives us a wide range of perspectives from which to study the symmetry and asymmetry in biomechanics and human physiology. In this Special Issue, we encourage and invite researchers and practitioners to submit manuscripts (original research, reviews, and meta-analysis) related to the promotion of health, physical activity, regular exercise, injury prevention, and performance enhancement in sports. Submissions from all disciplines will be considered, and all manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by experts in the field. 

Submit your paper and select the Journal “Symmetry” and the Special Issue “Symmetry and Asymmetry in Biomechanics and Human Physiology” via: MDPI submission system. Our papers will be published on a rolling basis and we will be pleased to receive your submission once you have finished it.

Dr. Mário André da Cunha Espada
Dr. Fernando Jorge Lourenço dos Santos
Dr. Filipe Manuel Clemente
Dr. Mário Jorge Costa
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Keywords

  • biomechanics and bioenergetic of human movement
  • strength and conditioning
  • training methods
  • performance analysis
  • exercise testing
  • fatigue
  • injuries, prevention, and rehabilitation
  • functional evaluation
  • return to daily routines, practice, and training
  • puberty and development

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The Effects of Inter-Limb Asymmetry on Change of Direction Performance: A Systematic Review
Symmetry 2022, 14(10), 2177; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym14102177 - 17 Oct 2022
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Objectives: This review aimed to clarify the associations between COD performance and asymmetries on horizontal jumping, vertical jumping, and strength. Methods: Three databases, including PubMed, Web of Science, and MEDLINE(EBSCOhost) were used to perform a systematic literature search. The search was up to [...] Read more.
Objectives: This review aimed to clarify the associations between COD performance and asymmetries on horizontal jumping, vertical jumping, and strength. Methods: Three databases, including PubMed, Web of Science, and MEDLINE(EBSCOhost) were used to perform a systematic literature search. The search was up to 13 March 2022 and was limited to the literature in the English language and on the human species. Studies included reported exact measurement tools and correlation coefficients and studies in which participants aged >14 years were included. Moreover, studies that were not peer-reviewed and those that did not report an asymmetry index were excluded, as were studies for which the full text was not available. The modified Downs and Black Quality Index tool was used to evaluate the quality of the studies. Results: The systematic literature identified 1151 studies, but only 12 studies were included in this review. A total of 354 participants, ranging from 15 to 23 years of age, were recruited for these studies. The methodological quality score ranged from 6 to 8, with an average of 7.25. The associations between COD performance and vertical jump height, horizontal jump distance, and lower-limb strength asymmetries were examined in 11, 5, and 2 studies, respectively. Six studies reported that vertical jump height asymmetries scores can significantly reduce COD performance, while significant associations between COD performance and horizontal jump distance asymmetries and strength asymmetries were only observed in one study each. Specifically, four studies explored the relationships between CMJ height asymmetries scores and COD performance, and all reported significant associations between them. The main limitations of this review were that it did not consider the sports in which the participants were involved. Conclusions: This study suggests that drop jump height and eccentric knee strength asymmetries can reduce COD performance. Moreover, low horizontal jump asymmetries may not influence COD performance. Further research needs to determine whether the minimal threshold of horizontal jump asymmetries would not affect COD performance. Full article
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