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Concept: Knitting


There is dogma that higher training load causes higher injury rates. However, there is also evidence that training has a protective effect against injury. For example, team sport athletes who performed more than 18 weeks of training before sustaining their initial injuries were at reduced risk of sustaining a subsequent injury, while high chronic workloads have been shown to decrease the risk of injury. Second, across a wide range of sports, well-developed physical qualities are associated with a reduced risk of injury. Clearly, for athletes to develop the physical capacities required to provide a protective effect against injury, they must be prepared to train hard. Finally, there is also evidence that under-training may increase injury risk. Collectively, these results emphasise that reductions in workloads may not always be the best approach to protect against injury.

Concepts: Injuries, Injury, Protection, Physical trauma, Sport, Knitting, Scout Motto


Recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) increases haemoglobin mass (Hb(mass)) and maximal oxygen uptake ([Formula: see text] O(2 max)). PURPOSE: This study defined the time course of changes in Hb(mass), [Formula: see text] O(2 max) as well as running time trial performance following 4 weeks of rHuEpo administration to determine whether the laboratory observations would translate into actual improvements in running performance in the field. METHODS: 19 trained men received rHuEpo injections of 50 IU•kg(-1) body mass every two days for 4 weeks. Hb(mass) was determined weekly using the optimized carbon monoxide rebreathing method until 4 weeks after administration. [Formula: see text] O(2 max) and 3,000 m time trial performance were measured pre, post administration and at the end of the study. RESULTS: Relative to baseline, running performance significantly improved by ∼6% after administration (10∶30±1∶07 min:sec vs. 11∶08±1∶15 min:sec, p<0.001) and remained significantly enhanced by ∼3% 4 weeks after administration (10∶46±1∶13 min:sec, p<0.001), while [Formula: see text] O(2 max) was also significantly increased post administration (60.7±5.8 mL•min(-1)•kg(-1) vs. 56.0±6.2 mL•min(-1)•kg(-1), p<0.001) and remained significantly increased 4 weeks after rHuEpo (58.0±5.6 mL•min(-1)•kg(-1), p = 0.021). Hb(mass) was significantly increased at the end of administration compared to baseline (15.2±1.5 g•kg(-1) vs. 12.7±1.2 g•kg(-1), p<0.001). The rate of decrease in Hb(mass) toward baseline values post rHuEpo was similar to that of the increase during administration (-0.53 g•kg(-1)•wk(-1), 95% confidence interval (CI) (-0.68, -0.38) vs. 0.54 g•kg(-1•)wk(-1), CI (0.46, 0.63)) but Hb(mass) was still significantly elevated 4 weeks after administration compared to baseline (13.7±1.1 g•kg(-1), p<0.001). CONCLUSION: Running performance was improved following 4 weeks of rHuEpo and remained elevated 4 weeks after administration compared to baseline. These field performance effects coincided with rHuEpo-induced elevated [Formula: see text] O(2 max) and Hb(mass).

Concepts: Better, Hemoglobin, Oxygen, Erythropoietin, Improve, Carbon monoxide, VO2 max, Knitting


A need exists for artificial muscles that are silent, soft, and compliant, with performance characteristics similar to those of skeletal muscle, enabling natural interaction of assistive devices with humans. By combining one of humankind’s oldest technologies, textile processing, with electroactive polymers, we demonstrate here the feasibility of wearable, soft artificial muscles made by weaving and knitting, with tunable force and strain. These textile actuators were produced from cellulose yarns assembled into fabrics and coated with conducting polymers using a metal-free deposition. To increase the output force, we assembled yarns in parallel by weaving. The force scaled linearly with the number of yarns in the woven fabric. To amplify the strain, we knitted a stretchable fabric, exhibiting a 53-fold increase in strain. In addition, the textile construction added mechanical stability to the actuators. Textile processing permits scalable and rational production of wearable artificial muscles, and enables novel ways to design assistive devices.

Concepts: Cotton, Textile, Yarn, Knitting, Felt, Weaving, Electroactive polymers, Linen


Changes in finger tissue blood volume (TBV) measured by light transmission and in laser Doppler flow (LDF) were obtained during long breathing (of 12 s period) and associated with the respiratory phases, inspiration and expiration. For fifteen out of sixteen subjects TBV and LDF started to decrease 0-2 s after the start of expiration and increased during inspiration but the start of increase occurred before the start of inspiration, showing that the respiratory-induced changes in TBV and LDF are mainly associated with the expiration. Decrease of TBV and LDF after expiration was also found during the inspiratory gasps (© 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim).

Concepts: Blood, Quantum mechanics, Wave, TheStart, Knitting, Doppler radar, Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung


Highly stretchable, actuatable, electrically conductive knitted textiles based on Spandex (SPX)/CNT (carbon nanotube) composite yarns were prepared by an integrated knitting procedure. SPX filaments were continuously wrapped with CNT aerogel sheets and supplied directly to an interlocking circular knitting machine to form the three-dimensional electrically conductive and stretchable textiles. By adjusting the SPX/CNT feed ratio, the fabric electrical conductivities could be tailored in the range of 870 to 7092 S/m. The electrical conductivity depended on tensile strain, with a linear and largely hysteresis-free resistance change occurring on loading and unloading between 0 and 80% strain. Electrothermal heating of the stretched fabric caused large tensile contractions of up to 33%, and generated a gravimetric mechanical work capacity during contraction of up to 0.64 kJ/kg and a maximum specific power output of 1.28 kW/kg, which far exceeds that of mammalian skeletal muscle. The knitted textile provides the combination of strain sensing and the ability to control dimensions required for smart clothing that simultaneously monitors the wearer’s movements and adjusts the garment fit or exerts forces or pressures on the wearer, according to needs. The developed processing method is scalable for the fabrication of industrial quantities of strain sensing and actuating smart textiles.

Concepts: Electrical conductor, Carbon nanotube, Electrical conductivity, Textile, Knitting, Clothing, Felt, Circular knitting


A scaled-up fiber wet-spinning production of electrically conductive and highly stretchable PU/PEDOT:PSS fibers is demonstrated for the first time. The PU/PEDOT:PSS fibers possess the mechanical properties appropriate for knitting various textile structures. The knitted textiles exhibit strain sensing properties that were dependent upon the number of PU/PEDOT:PSS fibers used in knitting. The knitted textiles show sensitivity (as measured by the gauge factor) that increases with the number of PU/PEDOT:PSS fibers deployed. A highly stable sensor response was observed when four PU/PEDOT:PSS fibers were co-knitted with a commercial Spandex yarn. The knitted textile sensor can distinguish different magnitudes of applied strain with cyclically repeatable sensor responses at applied strains of up to 160 %. When used in conjunction with a commercial wireless transmitter, the knitted textile responded well to the magnitude of bending deformations, demonstrating potential for remote strain gauge sensing applications. The feasibility of an all-polymeric knitted textile wearable strain sensor was demonstrated in a knee sleeve prototype with application in personal training and rehabilitation following injury.

Concepts: Cotton, Textile, Yarn, Knitting, Felt, Strain gauge, Textile manufacturing, Gauge


During competition, high-performance swimmers are subject to repeated physical demands that affect their final performance. Measurement of lactate concentration in blood seeks to indirectly gauge physiologic responses to the increase in physical exercise. Swimmers face multiple maximal-exertion events during competition. Strenuous physical exercise leads to fatigue and, thus, a decrease in sports performance.

Concepts: Psychology, Physical exercise, Test method, Exercise physiology, Swimming, Exercise intolerance, Knitting, Passive voice


Abstract Purpose: To evaluate the effectiveness of epiconjunctival Mitomycin-C (MMC) application in early failing filtering blebs. Design: Interventional case series. Participants: Patients with failing blebs and raised intraocular pressure (IOP) in the early (two weeks to one month) postoperative period following glaucoma filtering surgery. Methods: A retrospective analysis of records of failed blebs was done for the period of April 2011-March 2012. Patients who were subjected to three applications of MMC (0.04%) applied over the conjunctiva directly over the bleb at baseline (visit1), one week (visit 2) and at one month (visit 3) were included. Bleb characteristics were graded in a blinded fashion by one independent ophthalmologist, while IOP during follow-up visits were analyzed. Main Outcome Measures: Intraocular pressure, need for additional measure, or medications and bleb characteristics as graded by Indiana classification. Results: Ten eyes of nine patients with failing blebs received topical MMC, including included eight males and one female with a mean age of 52 ± 18 years (trabeculectomy:combined surgery = 5:5). Complete success was seen in eight of 10 eyes with a final mean IOP of 14 ± 2.9 mm Hg at three months. Excluding the two eyes that required medications, IOP reduction of 9%-42% was seen at visit 2, 16-57% IOP reduction at visit 3, and 16-56% at three months' follow-up. Of eight eyes, all eyes showed decrease in vascularity of the blebs, p < 0.001. While the height of the blebs did not show significant increase, all had increase in the avascular area of the bleb. One eye developed spontaneously resolving adenoviral conjunctivitis without any sequelae. Conclusion: Three applications of epiconjunctival MMC may be a safe alternative for salvaging failing blebs in the early postoperative period. This may help maximize anti-fibrotic effect of MMC while minimizing complications by limiting the area of contact.

Concepts: Retrospective, Eye, Intraocular pressure, Glaucoma, Ophthalmology, Bleb, Knitting


Stable closure of full-thickness burn wounds remains a limitation to recovery from burns of greater than 50% of the TBSA. Hypothetically, engineered skin substitutes (ESSs) consisting of autologous keratinocytes and fibroblasts attached to collagen-based scaffolds may reduce requirements for donor skin, and decrease mortality. ESSs were prepared from split-thickness skin biopsies collected after enrollment of 16 pediatric burn patients into an approved study protocol. ESSs and split-thickness autograft (AG) were applied to 15 subjects with full-thickness burns involving a mean of 76.9% TBSA. Data consisted of photographs, tracings of donor skin and healed wounds, comparison of mortality with the National Burn Repository, correlation of TBSA closed wounds with TBSA full-thickness burn, frequencies of regrafting, and immunoreactivity to the biopolymer scaffold. One subject expired before ESS application, and 15 subjects received 2056 ESS grafts. The ratio of closed wound to donor areas was 108.7 ± 9.7 for ESSs compared with a maximum of 4.0 ± 0.0 for AG. Mortality for enrolled subjects was 6.25%, and 30.3% for a comparable population from the National Burn Repository (P < .05). Engraftment was 83.5 ± 2.0% for ESSs and 96.5 ± 0.9% for AG. Percentage TBSA closed was 29.9 ± 3.3% for ESSs, and 47.0 ± 2.0 for AG. These values were significantly different between the graft types. Correlation of % TBSA closed with ESSs with % TBSA full-thickness burn generated an R value of 0.65 (P < .001). These results indicate that autologous ESSs reduce mortality and requirements for donor skin harvesting, for grafting of full-thickness burns of greater than 50% TBSA.

Concepts: Wound healing, Medical emergencies, Ratio, Injuries, Wound, Grafting, Burn, Knitting


Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs ) have reduced expression of eNOS, this may decrease their antithrombogenic property when used as seeding cells for small caliber vascular graft. The aim of this study is to investigate whether overexpression of eNOS in EPCs can increase its antithrombogenic property and regulate tissue factor (TF) level.

Concepts: Gene expression, Endothelial progenitor cell, Progenitor cell, Knitting