Muscle Strength: Development, Assessment and Role in Disease

Cleber Ferraresi, PhD and Nivaldo Antonio Parizotto, PhD (Editors)
Federal University of São Carlos, Department of Physical Therapy, São Carlos (SP), Brazil

Series: Muscular System – Anatomy, Functions and Injuries
BISAC: MED003060



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Muscle function has been used to measure the healthy and functional capacity of patients, sportsmen and athletes. The knowledge about muscle function and how to properly evaluate it can be determinant factors for the success of therapies during the treatment of many diseases as well as improving muscle performance.

Handgrip strength is a measure of maximum voluntary force of the hand. It has been reliable, valid and an objective parameter to evaluate overall muscular strength. For this reason, handgrip strength has been used as a predictor of physical disability. There are several techniques to treat and rehabilitate muscle function such as the proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation technique (PNF), functional training and traditional muscular strengthening. Physical exercises produce unquestionable health benefits, and when used properly, physical exercise can treat or become an adjuvant therapy for many diseases such as cancer, diabetes mellitus and patients with chronic heart failure. In addition to all the health benefits of exercise, new techniques of rehabilitation and the improvement of muscle performance through the use of muscle strengthening associated to technological therapies, such as phototherapy (laser and light-emitting diodes), for muscle repair and performance were included in this book.

During your reading, this book will provide you with concepts, techniques and new perspectives about physical exercises that will become differential knowledge for health professionals to treat patients and/or make champions using the following powerful tools: physical exercise and technology. (Imprint: Nova)

Chapter 1. Handgrip Strength
(Maria Teresa Tomás and Maria Beatriz Fernandes, Department of Sciences and Technologies of Rehabilitation, Scientific Area of Physiotherapy, Lisbon Higher School of Health Technologie at Polytechnique Institute of Lisbon, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 2. Evaluation of the Efficacy of Training Protocols for the Sit-to-Stand Activity in Elderly Women
(Mônica de Barros Ribeiro Cilento, Antônio Cláudio Lucas da Nóbrega and Abelardo de Queiroz Campos Araújo, Department of Physiotherapy, Catholic University of Petrópolis, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 3. Functional Lateralities, Muscle Strength Asymmetries, and Injuries in Soccer
(Konstantinos Fousekis, Elias Tsepis and George Vagenas, Biomechanics and Sports Injuries Laboratory, Department of Physiotherapy, Technological Educational Institute (T.E.I.) of Patras, Branch Department of Aigion, Greece, and others)

Chapter 4. Current Advances on Stretching Effects and Different Methods of Muscle Contraction for Muscle Performance Improvement
(Luis Espejo-Antúnez and Elisa María Garrido Ardila, Department of Medical-Surgical Therapy, Medicine Faculty, Extremadura University, Badajoz, Spain)

Chapter 5. Phototherapy by Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and Light-Emitting Diode Therapy (LEDT) for Improvement of Muscle Performance
(Cleber Ferraresi, Ying-Ying Huang, Wouber Hérickson de Brito Vieira, Michael R. Hamblin, Vanderlei Salvador Bagnato and Nivaldo Antonio Parizotto, Laboratory of Electro-Thermo-Phototherapy, Department of Physical Therapy, Federal University of São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 6. Strength Training Intervention in Cancer
(Rodrigo Gomes de Souza Vale, Bernardo Minelli Rodrigues, Jani Cleria Pereira Bezerra and Estélio Henrique Martin Dantas, Laboratory of Exercise Physiology (LAFIEX), Estácio de Sá University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 7. Exercise and Diabetes Mellitus
(Danilo Rodrigues Bertucci, Nuno Manuel Frade de Sousa and Bruno de Paula Caraça Smirmaul, Department of Physical Education, Sao Paulo State University, Rio Claro, São Paulo, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 8. Muscle Strength in Chronic Heart Failure
(Eleftherios Karatzanos and Serafim Nanas, Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing and Rehabilitation Laboratory, Evgenidio Hospital, School of Medicine, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)


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