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See detailField evaluation of pregnancy diagnosis using bovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (bPAG)
Skinner, J. G.; Gray, D.; Gebbie, F. E. et al

in Cattle Practice (1996), 4(3), 281-284

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See detailField evaluation of survival rates of Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) and other aphidophagous species
Vandereycken, Axel ULg; Durieux, Delphine ULg; Joie, Emilie ULg et al

Poster (2011, May 24)

The multicoloured Asian ladybird Harmonia axyridis Pallas (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), previously introduced as a biological control agent against aphids, is now frequently considered as an intraguild ... [more ▼]

The multicoloured Asian ladybird Harmonia axyridis Pallas (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), previously introduced as a biological control agent against aphids, is now frequently considered as an intraguild predator, consuming other aphids natural enemies. Interactions between this exotic ladybird and the other aphidophagous species present in Belgian agro-ecosystems such as Coccinella septempunctata, Episyrphus balteatus, Chrysoperla carnea are asymmetric to the benefit of H. axyridis. Many studies have already shown its predatory behaviour. This study focuses on the survival rate of three aphidophagous species Harmonia axyridis (Ha), Coccinella septempunctata (C7) and Episyrphus balteatus (Eb) in biological fields of potato and sugar beet. During June and July, hermetic cages were disposed on the crops with 10 larvae (second stage) of each aphidophagous. There were 4 combinations of insects placed inside the cages (1) Ha+Eb+C7+ aphids, (2) Ha+Eb+C7, (3) Eb+C7+ aphids and (4) Eb+C7. Each combination was repeated three times. Aphids (Aphis fabae) were added in excess when needed. In sugar beet fields, E. balteatus was the species with the highest mortality rate. The two coccinellid species had a better survival rate than E. balteatus. All aphidophagous species had higher mortality rates in absence of aphids. In potato, the survival rate of all aphidophagous was lower than sugar beet when aphids were present in excess probably because A. fabae reproduced less in potato. Nevertheless, we have observed in potato no mortality of C. 7-punctata during all its development cycle. This suggests that C. 7-punctata could use more efficiently aphids as food sources than H. axyridis. In potato and sugar beet, H. axyridis had the longest development cycle, being still at the larval stage when C. 7-punctata and E. balteatus reached the pupae stage. We can suppose that pupae of E. balteatus and C. 7-punctata were an alternative food (intraguild prey) to H. axyridis when aphids were lacking. Pupae are immobile and therefore more sensitive to the attack of predators. [less ▲]

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See detailField halo stars: the globular cluster connection
Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Magain, Pierre ULg; Neuforge, Corinne et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1998), 330

High resolution and high signal-to-noise spectra of about 20 metal-poor stars have been analysed. The correlations between the relative abundances of 16 elements have been studied, with a special emphasis ... [more ▼]

High resolution and high signal-to-noise spectra of about 20 metal-poor stars have been analysed. The correlations between the relative abundances of 16 elements have been studied, with a special emphasis on the neutron-capture ones. This analysis reveals the existence of two subpopulations of field halo stars, namely Pop IIa and Pop IIb. They differ by the behaviour of the s-process elements versus the alpha and r-process elements. A scenario for the formation of these stars is presented, which closely relates the origin of field halo stars to the evolution of globular clusters. According to this scenario, the two sub-populations originate from two different stages in the globular cluster's chemical evolution. Based on observations carried out at the European Southern Observatory (La Silla, Chile) [less ▲]

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See detailThe field high-amplitude SX Phoenicis variable BL Camelopardalis: results from a multisite photometric campaign. I. Pulsation
Rodríguez, E.; Fauvaud, S.; Farrell, J. A. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2007), 471

Context: BL Cam is an extreme metal-deficient field high-amplitude SX Phe-type variable where a very complex frequency spectrum is detected, with a number of independent nonradial modes excited, unusual ... [more ▼]

Context: BL Cam is an extreme metal-deficient field high-amplitude SX Phe-type variable where a very complex frequency spectrum is detected, with a number of independent nonradial modes excited, unusual among the high-amplitude pulsators in the Lower Classical Instability Strip. Aims: An extensive and detailed study has been carried out to investigate the pulsational content and properties of this object. Methods: The analysis is based on 283 h of CCD observations obtained in the Johnson V filter, during a long multisite photometric campaign carried out along the Northern autumn-winter of 2005-2006. Additionally, multicolour BI photometry was also collected to study the phase shifts and amplitude ratios, between light curves obtained in different filters, for modal discrimination of the main excited modes. Results: The detailed frequency analysis revealed a very rich and dense pulsational content consisting of 25 significant peaks, 22 of them corresponding to independent modes: one is the already known main periodicity f[SUB]0[/SUB] = 25.5765 cd[SUP]-1[/SUP] (Delta V = 153 mmag) and the other 21 are excited modes showing very small amplitudes. Some additional periodicities are probably still remaining in the residuals. This represents the most complex spectrum ever detected in a high-amplitude pulsator of this type. The majority of the secondary modes suspected from earlier works are confirmed here and, additionally, a large number of new peaks are detected. The amplitude of the main periodicity f[SUB]0[/SUB] seems to be stable during decades, but the majority of the secondary modes show strong amplitude changes from one epoch to another. The suspected fundamental radial nature of the main periodicity of BL Cam is confirmed, while the secondary peak f[SUB]1[/SUB] = 25.2523 cd[SUP]-1[/SUP] is identified as a nonradial mixed mode g[SUB]4[/SUB] with l = 1. The radial double-mode nature, claimed by some authors for the main two frequencies of BL Cam, is not confirmed. Nevertheless, the frequency f[SUB]6[/SUB] = 32.6464 cd[SUP]-1[/SUP] could correspond to the first radial overtone. [less ▲]

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See detailField induced metastabilities in U(Ru0.96Rh0.04)(2)Si-2
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Jaime, M.; Harrison, N. et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2007), 460(Part 1), 682-683

U(Ru0.96Rh0.04)(2)Si-2 is an anisotropic itinerant 5f heavy electron system which exhibits a single field induced magnetic phase concealing a quantum critical point. We show that the boundary of this ... [more ▼]

U(Ru0.96Rh0.04)(2)Si-2 is an anisotropic itinerant 5f heavy electron system which exhibits a single field induced magnetic phase concealing a quantum critical point. We show that the boundary of this phase corresponds to a first order transition as revealed by (1) a large and symmetric specific heat anomaly, (2) an asymmetric magnetocaloric effect on entering and exiting this phase, and (3) a clear history and time-dependent specific heat. We explore the thermodynamic similarities with the mixed valence compound YbInCu4 and show that the out-of-equilibrium properties are analogous to those depicted by the critical state model for hard superconductors. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailField investigation of subacute rumen acidosis prevalence in walloon dairy herds
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Knapp, Emilie ULg; Theron, Léonard ULg et al

Poster (2013, June 24)

Subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) has been considered as a major metabolic disease in high producing dairy herds for years. However, different feeding practices However, different feeding practices and ... [more ▼]

Subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) has been considered as a major metabolic disease in high producing dairy herds for years. However, different feeding practices However, different feeding practices and herd’s production levels are found in Wallonia. SARA prevalence in local herds was thus required 174 cows (164 Holstein and 10 Brown Swiss) out of 24 walloon herds were sampled from 2011 to 2012 for evaluation of their ruminal function. Selection of minimum 5 cows per herd was made on basis of days in milk (<150 DIM), or low milk fat % (F <3.2%), or fat/protein % (F/P≤1), or at farmer’s request (animal debilitated or chronically ill). Ruminal fluid was sampled 4-8 h after feeding using a Geishauser oro-pharyngeal probe, preventing saliva contamination. pH was measured by a portable pHmeter and values were reduced by 0.35 as proposed by Duffield (2004) because of the higher pH values in reticulum sampling site compared with rumenocentesis. Redox potential was determined by Methylene Blue Reduction Time (MBRT) and protozoa assessed by microscopy. Production values were obtained by the National Dairy Herds Improvement. Health scores were determined as described by Zaaier et al. (2001). RESULTS Mean production values ± SD of these animals (DIM: 106 ± 84) were 33.2 ± 8.9 kg milk, F = 3.47 ± 0.72%, P = 3.25 ± 0.25%, F/P = 1.07 ± 0.23. Mean BCS was 2.6 ± 0.6. Mean pH value ± SD was 6.50 ± 0.42. 10 animals (5.7%) from 6 herds were below 5.8, of which 4 cows from H8 (23 sampled cows). No result was < 5.5. MBRT was 4.16 ± 3.13 min. In 5 cows, value < 1min indicated a more amylolytic bacterial flora. In 24 samples, no reduction of MB occurred, demonstrating bacterial inactivity. Disappearance of large protozoa was observed in 6 samples, of which 5 abnormal specimens came from H8. No correlation between low pH values and F/P or %F could be found. CONCLUSION In no herd, prevalence was >25%, required for SARA diagnosis. Regarding these results, prevalence of SARA appears very low in Wallonia while on the opposite, ruminal flora inactivity seems far more common. [less ▲]

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See detailField Investigation of subacute ruminal acidosis in Walloon dairy herds
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Knapp, Emilie ULg; Theron, Léonard ULg et al

in Universität Bern (Ed.) Proceedings of 8th ECBHM (2013, August 28)

Subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) has been considered as a major metabolic disease in high producing dairy herds for years. For instance, out of 737 cows from Wisconsin farms, 20% exhibited ruminal pH ... [more ▼]

Subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) has been considered as a major metabolic disease in high producing dairy herds for years. For instance, out of 737 cows from Wisconsin farms, 20% exhibited ruminal pH values lower than 5.5, allowing diagnosis of SARA, while 23% of animals were considered at risk with ruminal pH values between 5.5 and 5.8. These findings were corroborated by further studies in Europe. However, different feeding practices and herd’s production levels are found in Wallonia, requiring evaluation of SARA prevalence in local herds. [less ▲]

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See detailThe field laboratory in the sugar industry
Melard, François ULg

Conference (1999, October 29)

Abstract for the thematic stream « Disciplines & Instruments » The aim of my intervention concern the implication of a scientific instrument inside an industrial context of usage. The latter takes the ... [more ▼]

Abstract for the thematic stream « Disciplines & Instruments » The aim of my intervention concern the implication of a scientific instrument inside an industrial context of usage. The latter takes the form of various little laboratories situated in the countryside. More precisely, those laboratories are generally situated in the area surronding fields and have the objective to evaluate the weight and the content of saccharose of the sugar beets deliveries ; and this for contractual purposes. The beet testing laboratories constitute a social and technical mediator by which a mode of coordination is temporarly crafted between two groups of actors : the growers and the sugar manufactuers. The instruments of measurment, and more specifically the polariscope, which compose this technological system have the interesting particularities to be submited to the contradictory supervision of both parties. Instead of just being a private place for secret industrial practices, the beet testing laboratory is widely open to public scrutiny. The perpetual negociations that take place inside the laboratories are done according to the « correct » application of a chemical protocol. In that respect, modes of visualisation are produced in order to give form to general values like efficacity, soundness or equity inside concrete procedures. The contradictory control that make the testing of sugar beets operational is conceived here as a dynamic pattern through which the reality of both a natural resource and the commited economical actors, is produced. Measurement as form of coordination is one of the central subjects in the field of the sociology of metrological practices. I will treat some aspects of industrial practices inside those beet testing laboratories in the light of the many ethnographical works done about scientific laboratories. [less ▲]

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See detailField measurements of inorganic nitrogen uptake by epiflora components of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica (Monocotyledons, Posidoniaceae)
Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Jacquemart, Julien; Bouquegneau, Jean-Marie ULg et al

in Journal of Phycology (2007), 43(2), 208-218

Crustose corallines, crustose and erect brown algae, and sessile animals are major components of the epiphytic community of the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile. Production, biomass ... [more ▼]

Crustose corallines, crustose and erect brown algae, and sessile animals are major components of the epiphytic community of the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile. Production, biomass, and specific composition of this epiphyte-seagrass association are impacted by anthropogenic increase of nutrient load in this oligotrophic area. In this context, nitrogen uptake by P. oceanica and its epiflora was measured using the isotope N-15 at a 10 m depth in the Revellata Bay (Corsica, Mediterranean Sea). Epiflora components showed various seasonal patterns of biomass and abundance. The epiphytic brown algae appeared at the end of spring, later than the crustose corallines, and after the nitrate peak in the bay. Because of their later development in the season, epiphytic brown algae mostly rely on ammonium for their N needs. We hypothesize that the temporal succession of epiphytic organisms plays a crucial role in the N dynamics of this community under natural conditions. The epiphytic brown algae, which have a growth rate one order of magnitude greater than that of crustose corallines, showed lower N-uptake rates. The greater N-uptake rates of crustose corallines probably reflect the greater N requirements (i.e., lower C/N ratios) of red algae. We determined that the epiflora incorporated ammonium and nitrate more rapidly than their host. Nevertheless, when biomass was taken into account, P. oceanica was the most important contributor to N uptake from the water column by benthic macrophytes in this seagrass bed. [less ▲]

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See detailField melanin mapping of the hairless scalp.
PIERARD, Gérald ULg; FRANCHIMONT, Claudine ULg; Quatresooz, Pascale ULg

in Skin Research & Technology (2011), 18(4), 431-5

BACKGROUND: Mottled subclinical melanoderma (MSM) is frequently seen on facial skin using the ultraviolet light enhanced visualization (ULEV) method. The corresponding aspect on the hairless scalp remains ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Mottled subclinical melanoderma (MSM) is frequently seen on facial skin using the ultraviolet light enhanced visualization (ULEV) method. The corresponding aspect on the hairless scalp remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: To explore the field distribution of melanin on the scalp of fair-skinned Caucasian subjects. METHOD: The scalp was examined in 43 men with androgenic alopecia. The Visioscan((R)) camera provided the ULEV pictures. Another optical (Visioface((R)) Quick) device was used under white light illumination followed by colour contrast enhancement. This was reached after specific computer filtration of the cyan hue wavelengths. RESULTS: Under white light illumination, the scalp looked normal. MSM patterns were disclosed by both optical procedures as evenly scattered discrete patchy fields of hypermelanosis. The smaller rounded spots were restricted to the lips of the hair infundibula. Larger irregularly shaped spots predominated in the interfollicular areas. A few hypomelanotic spots were scattered over the scalp. CONCLUSION: The present observations based on dual optical methods possibly provide information about a patterned pathobiology of melanocytes on the scalp. The spotty MSM pattern looked similar to the reported aspects on the face. It somewhat resembled the widespread PUVA-induced lentiginosis. [less ▲]

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See detailA field observation on the influence of aggressive behaviour on mating success in the European grayling
Poncin, Pascal ULg

in Journal of Fish Biology (1996), 48(4), 802-804

The biggest male grayling present on a spawning area was strongly territorial and developed more aggressive behaviours than smaller males. However, its spawning frequency was similar to that of smaller ... [more ▼]

The biggest male grayling present on a spawning area was strongly territorial and developed more aggressive behaviours than smaller males. However, its spawning frequency was similar to that of smaller males. (C) 1996 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles [less ▲]

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See detailField observations of the spawning behaviour of European grayling
Darchambeau, François ULg; Poncin, Pascal ULg

in Journal of Fish Biology (1997), 51(5), 1066-1068

During observations of the River Ourthe, Belgium, 70 spawning attempts were recorded during the reproductive period of the European grayling. Thirty-six per sent of the spawning attempts proceeded to ... [more ▼]

During observations of the River Ourthe, Belgium, 70 spawning attempts were recorded during the reproductive period of the European grayling. Thirty-six per sent of the spawning attempts proceeded to completion, while interference by another male may explain some of the incomplete acts. Sneaking behaviour was observed and one spawning act included two males and one female. (C) 1997 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles. [less ▲]

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See detailFIELD OBSERVATIONS ON A MATING ATTEMPT OF A SPAWNING GRAYLING, THYMALLUS-THYMALLUS WITH A FEEDING BARBEL, BARBUS-BARBUS
Poncin, Pascal ULg

in Journal of Fish Biology (1994), 45(5), 904-906

During the spawning period of the grayling, one male was sexually stimulated by a feeding barbel and consequently exhibited the behavioural pattern of 'approach', 'quivering' and 'dorsal fin clasping'.

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See detailField observations on the variability of crude oil impact on indigenous hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria from sub-Antarctic intertidal sediments
Delille, Daniel; Delille, Bruno ULg

in Marine Environmental Research (2000), 49(5), 403-417

Oil pollution of the oceans has been a problem ever since man began to use fossil fuels. Biodegradation by naturally occurring populations of micro-organisms is a major mechanism for the removal of ... [more ▼]

Oil pollution of the oceans has been a problem ever since man began to use fossil fuels. Biodegradation by naturally occurring populations of micro-organisms is a major mechanism for the removal of petroleum from the environment. To examine the effects of crude oil pollution on intertidal bacteria, we repeated the same contamination experiments on nine different sub-Antarctic intertidal beaches using specifically built enclosures (PVC pipe, 15 cm in inner diameter and 30 cm in height). Despite the pristine environmental conditions, significant numbers of indigenous hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria were observed in all the studied beaches. Introduction of oil into these previously oil-free environments resulted in several orders of magnitude of increase in hydrocarbon-degrading micro-organisms within a few days in some of the studied sites but has no obvious effects on two others. The physical environment of the bacterial assemblage seems to play a major role in the biodegradation capacities. After 3 months of contamination, both remaining oil concentrations and biodegradation indexes differ strongly between the different stations. Thus, chemical and biological parameters reveal a strong heterogeneity of biodegradation capacities between the different sites. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailField of application of high strength steel circular tubes for steel and composite columns from an economic point of view
Hoang, Van Long ULg; Demonceau, Jean-François ULg; Ly Dong Phuong, Lam et al

in Journal of Constructional Steel Research (2011), 67(6), 1001-1021

This paper presents the results of a global comparison between high strength steel and normal steel circular tube used to build steel and composite columns submitted to static loading, in regards with the ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the results of a global comparison between high strength steel and normal steel circular tube used to build steel and composite columns submitted to static loading, in regards with the economic aspects. The comparison is based on an optimum design taking into account the strength, stability and stiffness conditions of Eurocode 3 and 4. The automatic implementation of the algorithms allows achieving a high amount of case studies, covering the realistic possibilities of build columns. The investigations are realized on simple columns, columns included in braced or un-braced frames and whole frames. The field of application of high strength steel (vs normal steel), regarding the total cost of the member, is provided in a chart clearly indicating where the use of high strength steel becomes economic. [less ▲]

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See detailField penetration into hard type-II superconducting tubes: effects of a cap, a non-superconducting joint, and non-uniform superconducting properties
Denis, Samuel ULg; Dirickx, Michel ULg; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2007), 20(5), 418-427

Using the numerical method of Brandt (1998 Phys. Rev. B 58 6506), we study the penetration of a uniform magnetic field that is gradually applied parallel to the axis of finite type-II superconducting ... [more ▼]

Using the numerical method of Brandt (1998 Phys. Rev. B 58 6506), we study the penetration of a uniform magnetic field that is gradually applied parallel to the axis of finite type-II superconducting tubular samples with strong pinning. This study is carried out in view of designing low-frequency magnetic shields by exploiting the diamagnetic properties of type-II superconductors. First, we compare the field penetration into open and closed tubes. For long tubes (length larger than three times the outer diameter), we show that a cap weakly affects the maximum magnetic induction that can be shielded, but greatly increases the region over which the field is nearly uniform. When the length of the tube is shorter, both the maximum shieldable magnetic induction and the uniformity of the field attenuation are enhanced by closing the tube. We also show that making a hole in the cap, which is often necessary for applications, does not greatly affect the shielding properties provided the diameter of the hole is small compared to that of the tube (hole diameter smaller than a quarter of the outer tube diameter). In view of designing large size magnetic shields, superconducting tubes of finite size need to be joined together. We therefore examine in a second part how the presence of a non-superconducting joint between the tubes affects the shielding efficiency. It is shown that the effect of a joint depends upon its position along the tube axis and strongly increases with its size. Third, we study how non-uniform superconducting properties affect the shielding capabilities. [less ▲]

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See detailField percolation and high current density in 80/20 DyBa2Cu3O7-x/Dy2BaCuO5 bulk magnetically textured composite ceramics
Cloots, Rudi ULg; Dang, An; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg et al

in Zeitschrift Fur Physik B-Condensed Matter (1996), 100(4), 551-555

We measured the AC susceptibility of magnetically textured (123) 80%/211(20%) DyBaCuO composite in a special set-up in order to enhance the intergrain contribution. The synthesis process led to very clean ... [more ▼]

We measured the AC susceptibility of magnetically textured (123) 80%/211(20%) DyBaCuO composite in a special set-up in order to enhance the intergrain contribution. The synthesis process led to very clean ''weak links'' at grain boundaries. At the percolation threshold bulk shielding paths were such that the intergrain critical current density J(c) was above 10(5) A/cm(2). The field dependence of J(c) was understood through an analytical form indicating a distribution of currents similar to the law of clusters at fracture/percolation thresholds. [less ▲]

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See detailField performance of javelin throwers: Relationship with isokinetic findings
Forthomme, Bénédicte ULg; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg; Forthomme, L. et al

in Isokinetics & Exercise Science (2007), 15(3), 195-202

Published data related to javelin throwers remain poorly documented. The objectives of this study were therefore to compare isokinetic strength profile of the shoulder rotator muscles between javelin ... [more ▼]

Published data related to javelin throwers remain poorly documented. The objectives of this study were therefore to compare isokinetic strength profile of the shoulder rotator muscles between javelin throwers and sedentary persons and to correlate isokinetic data with different field performance parameters. Eleven male javelin throwers and ten sedentary subjects participated in the study. Shoulder internal (IRs) and external rotators (ERs) were isokinetically assessed at 60, 240 and 400 degrees/s in concentric and 60 degrees/s in eccentric exertions. Subjects also performed throwing tests successively using a javelin and a ball (both of 800 g mass). Side to side comparison in the throwers group revealed a dominance effect in the concentric mode for the IRs at all speeds, and for the ERs at 240 degrees/s. Sedentary subjects showed a dominance effect for the IRs at 60 degrees/s and 240 degrees/s. Simple isokinetic concentric-concentric ratios and mixed velocity DCRs (eccentric60/concentric240) of the dominant shoulder were significantly lower in comparison to the non-dominant side values, in the throwers population. Only the simple ratio at 400 degrees/s and the mixed ratio were significantly lower in the sedentary subjects (dominant versus non dominant side). With respect to the dominant shoulder, no significant difference was noted between the groups the peak torque was bodyweight normalized. However, throwers showed a significant reduction of the DCR when compared to the control group. In addition, throwers exhibited moderate to strong correlations (0.61 <= r <= 0.89) between IRs and ERs strength and either the javelin throw test or the personal throwing record. For the sedentary subjects the javelin throw test was correlated only with the IRs concentric strength at 240 degrees/s. In conclusion, javelin throwers showed a significantly reduced mixed ratio in comparison with a control group, even though body weight normalized peak torques did not differ between both populations. Significant correlation was established between rotator peak-torques and javelin throw test among the thrower athletes. Although training program in thrower athletes classically focuses on IRs strengthening, our findings strongly suggest the need for ERs performance improvement. [less ▲]

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