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Biomechanical demands of the 2-step transitional gait cycles linking level gait and stair descent gait in older women (2015)
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Alcock, L., O'Brien, T. D., & Vanicek, N. (2015). Biomechanical demands of the 2-step transitional gait cycles linking level gait and stair descent gait in older women. Journal of biomechanics, 48(16), 4191-4197. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2015.09.020

Stair descent is an inherently complex form of locomotion posing a high falls risk for older adults, specifically when negotiating the transitional gait cycles linking level gait and descent. The aim of this study was to enhance our understanding of... Read More about Biomechanical demands of the 2-step transitional gait cycles linking level gait and stair descent gait in older women.

Dynamic muscle quality of the plantar flexors is impaired in claudicant patients with peripheral arterial disease and associated with poorer walking endurance (2015)
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King, S., Vanicek, N., & O'Brien, T. D. (2015). Dynamic muscle quality of the plantar flexors is impaired in claudicant patients with peripheral arterial disease and associated with poorer walking endurance. Journal of vascular surgery, 62(3), 689-697. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvs.2015.03.039

Objective Peripheral arterial disease and intermittent claudication (PAD-IC) negatively affects physical activity and function. There is evidence for plantarflexor muscle dysfunction and weakness; however, the extent to which this dysfunction can be... Read More about Dynamic muscle quality of the plantar flexors is impaired in claudicant patients with peripheral arterial disease and associated with poorer walking endurance.

Acute changes in kinematic and muscle activity patterns in habitually shod rearfoot strikers while running barefoot (2015)
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Vanicek, N., Halaki, M., & Strauts, J. (2016). Acute changes in kinematic and muscle activity patterns in habitually shod rearfoot strikers while running barefoot. Journal of sports sciences, 34(1), (75-87). doi:10.1080/02640414.2015.1034756. ISSN 0264-0414

The aim of this study was to observe changes in the kinematics and muscle activities when barefoot running was initially adopted by six habitually shod, recreational rearfoot striking runners. Participants ran on a treadmill shod for 5 min, completed... Read More about Acute changes in kinematic and muscle activity patterns in habitually shod rearfoot strikers while running barefoot.

Forming norms: informing diagnosis and management in sports medicine (2015)
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Baldwin, J. N., McKay, M. J., Hiller, C. E., Nightingale, E. J., Moloney, N., Vanicek, N., …Burns, J. (2015). Forming norms: informing diagnosis and management in sports medicine. British journal of sports medicine, 49(19), 1226-1227. https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2014-094489

Clinicians aim to identify abnormalities, and distinguish harmful from harmless abnormalities. In sports medicine, measures of physical function such as strength, balance and joint flexibility are used as diagnostic tools to identify causes of pain a... Read More about Forming norms: informing diagnosis and management in sports medicine.

1000 Norms Project: Protocol of a cross-sectional study cataloging human variation (2015)
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McKay, M. J., Baldwin, J. N., Ferreira, P., Simic, M., Vanicek, N., Hiller, C. E., …on behalf of the 1000 Norms Project Consortium, . (2016). 1000 Norms Project: Protocol of a cross-sectional study cataloging human variation. Physiotherapy, 102(1), (50-56). doi:10.1016/j.physio.2014.12.002. ISSN 0031-9406

Background Clinical decision-making regarding diagnosis and management largely depends on comparison with healthy or ‘normal’ values. Physiotherapists and researchers therefore need access to robust patient-centred outcome measures and appropriate re... Read More about 1000 Norms Project: Protocol of a cross-sectional study cataloging human variation.