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Assessment and evaluation of human muscle, nervous system and tendon-aponeurosis function in sports science, clinical science and aging

Course content: This PhD course will present and discuss various measuring methods and data related to the assessment of maximal muscle strength/power of human skeletal muscle, including explosive muscle strength (RFD) and maximal muscle power. Also, relevant methods to evaluate neuromuscular function in athletes, elderly and patients will be presented and discussed. Likewise, methods to assess muscle morphology, fibertype composition and MHC distribution will be presented, along with a number of cellular and molecular analysis methods including measurements of mRNA expression, satellite cell activation/proliferation and compartmental glycogen localization/depletion. Various methods to assess tendon-aponeurosis function in vivo from the macro level to the molecular level will also be presented and discussed. Finally, various types of biomechanical analysis to evaluate knee-injured patients (athletes, non-athletes) also will be presented.

Presentations and discussions typically will address specific types of interventions (i.e. training, injury, immobilization) in relation to relevant clinical aspects and subject groups (i.e. athletes, patients, old adults, very old). Half a day will be allocated for presentation and discussion of participants' own study projects (optional).

Topics: muscle mechanical function, neuronal function, muscle morphology and architecture, tendon and aponeurosis function in vivo, regulation of tendon collagen synthesis in overload injury and rehabilitation, myofibre growth and atrophy, molecular signalling mechanisms involved in the regulation of human skeletal muscle mass, myogenic satellite cells, glycogen deposition and utilization, aging and sarcopenia, functional capacity in ADL, immobilization and disuse, physical assessment and training in patients with chronic diseases (neck and shoulder muscle pain, myalgia, stroke, COPD), tendinopathy and recurrent muscle strain injury, prevention and rehabilitation of non-contact ACL injury, evaluation of biomechanical and neuromuscular function in orthopaedic patients (meniscectomy, ACL reconstruction), physiological testing of elite athletes, adaptive aspects of exercise: from athletes to patients.

Time: Monday 6th to Saturday 11th of November, 2017

Course points: 6 ECTS

Venue: Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense, Denmark

Price: The course is free of charge for PhD students enrolled in Universities that have joined the "Open market agreement". The course fee for other participants is DKK 6,825.

 Tentative programme with invited speakers

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