Mario Kasović

Mario Kasović
Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb · Biomechanics

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Introduction
Associate Professor at the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb (Croatia) in the field of human and sports biomechanics. A narrower scientific interest is the influence of load on the biomechanics of human movement. Current areas of interest include the impact of physical exercise on brain health and gait biomechanics of the elderly, the impact of school bag load on gait and children's health, and the impact of equipment on the occurrence of injuries in police officers.
Additional affiliations
October 2014 - present
Masaryk University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
January 2000 - present
University of Zagreb
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Head of Biomechanics at the Faculty of Kinesiology. Course coordinator: Biomechanics, Biomechanical analysis, Sport biomechanics, Biomechanical diagnostics, Neuromuscular biomechanical diagnostics, Gerontokinesiology, Triathlon and Cycling
Education
May 2012 - May 2020
Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb
Field of study
  • Biomchanics
May 2009 - May 2011
Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb
Field of study
  • Biomchanics
May 2004 - May 2009
Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb
Field of study
  • Biomchanics

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Publications (81)
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The main purpose of the study was to determine whether a pistol shooting efficiency score could be predicted by plantar force distribution patterns. In this cross-sectional study, participants were special police male officers (N=30), members of the Antiterrorist unit ‘Lučko’ (age mean±SD=40±6 years, height mean±SD=180±5 cm, weight mean±SD=89±8 kg)...
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The main purpose of the study was to examine longitudinal associations between fat mass and fat free mass with health-related physical fitness. Two-hundred and forty 15-year old adolescent girls were measured at baseline and after a period of 3 years (17 y). Health-related physical fitness included the following tests: 1) explosive power of lower e...
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Purpose: The aim of this study was to analyze factors affecting spatio-temporal gait parameters in elderly people of both genders and different ages with different risks of fall, fall history, and medications. Patients and methods: A total of 210 community-dwelling older adults (156 females, 54 males; mean age 72.84±6.26 years) participated in t...
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Background Evidence has shown that higher levels of physical fitness (PF) in youth have beneficial effects on adult health-related outcomes. However, the tracking of separate PF components during adolescence has been less studied. Since PF often starts to rapidly decline during adolescence, it is necessary to provide information regarding critical...
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The main purpose of the study was to analyze the associations between health-related physical fitness and fasting blood glucose in war veterans. In this cross-sectional study, we recruited 764 men and women aged 45–75 years, who were part of the Homeland War between 1990 and 1995 (33.5% women). Health-related physical fitness included: (1) fat mass...
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Background: Although evidence suggests that obesity track well from childhood to adolescence, most of the research has been done in Western and high-income countries. Moreover, most of the studies have tracked body-mass index, as a proxy of nutritional status, while tracking characteristics of circumferences and skinfold thicknesses have been less...
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The main purpose of the study was to examine longitudinal associations between sport participation and fat mass with body posture in children. We used data from children recruited in the Czech European Longitudinal Study of Pregnancy and Childhood (CELSPAC) at the ages of 11 y (n=1065), 13 y (n=811) and 15 y (n=974). Information on body posture, pr...
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Objective: Our aim was to analyze dose-response associations between maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index and physical activity levels with childhood sports injury rates. Methods: Participants included pre-pregnant mothers (n = 4811) and their children at the age of 7 years (n = 3311). Maternal anthropometry (height, weight, and body mass inde...
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The main purpose of the study was to define optimal criterion-referenced cut-points for cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) associated with overweight/obesity. In this cross-sectional study, participants were 1,612 children aged 7-14 years [mean age ± standard deviation (SD) = 9.7±2.4 years; 52.5% girls). CRF was assessed by the Maximal multistage 20-m...
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Background Evidence has shown that higher levels of physical fitness in youth have beneficial effects on adult health-related outcomes. However, the tracking of separate physical fitness components during adolescence has been less studied. Since physical fitness often starts to rapidly decline during adolescence, it is necessary to provide informat...
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Purpose: Tracking of physical activity (PA) and sport participation (SP) during motherhood is poorly understood. The purpose of the study was to analyze the extent of tracking of maternal PA and SP. Methods: In this investigation, data were collected from the Czech ELSPAC study subsample of 4811 and 2609 women measured postnatally (1991-1992) and a...
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Background Although evidence suggests that obesity track well from childhood to adolescence, most of the research has been done in Western and high-income countries. Moreover, most of the studies have tracked body-mass index, as a proxy of nutritional status, while tracking characteristics of circumferences and skinfold thicknesses have been less s...
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Purpose: The purpose of the study was to examine separate and combined associations between cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and musculoskeletal fitness (MF) with hypertension. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, participants were 764 men and women aged 45-75 years, who were part of the Homeland War between 1990 to 1995 (33.5% women). CRF inclu...
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Background The 6-min walk test (6MWT) has become an established measure for assessing exercise capacity in children with chronic diseases. However, little evidence has been provided regarding population-based normal data in healthy children. The main purpose of the study was to provide normative data in a large sample of children. Methods In this...
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The back pain is one of the most common health problem in the population (80%) which is no longer issue for adults only but it has presently passed to children also. The purpose of this study was to find out the current situation of pupils in the Czech Republic and their school bag as main risk factor in the back pain in children in primary school...
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The main purpose of the study was to analyze the associations between health-related physical fitness and fasting blood glucose in war veterans. In this cross-sectional study, we recruited 764 men and women aged 45–75 years, who were part of the Homeland War between 1990 and 1995 (33.5% women). Health-related physical fitness included: 1) fat mass...
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Background The 6-minute walk test (6MWT) has become an established measure for assessing exercise capacity in children with chronic diseases. However, little evidence has been provided regarding population-based normal data in healthy children. The main purpose of the study was to provide normative data in a large sample of children. Methods In th...
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Purpose: To examine the associations between gait speed and sleep quality in first-year university students, according to gender. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, we recruited 193 first-year university students [mean age±standard deviation (SD): 19.6±1.1 years; mean height: 178.0±10.5 cm; mean weight: 74.0±11.0 kg; 26.9% women). Sleep qualit...
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Fat mass and fat-free mass have become useful clinical indices in determining healthy growth and physical development during critical periods of childhood and adolescence. Higher levels of fat mass and lower levels of fat-free mass have been associated with adverse health-related outcomes, including metabolic disorders and impaired functioning. Des...
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The main purpose of the study was to analyze secular trends of health-related physical fitness in 7-14-year-old Croatian children and adolescents from 1999 and 2014. In this observational cross-sectional study, we recruited 5,077 children and adolescents between ages 11 and 14 (50.8% girls) from five primary schools located in the capital city of Z...
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Purpose: The current study aimed to investigate the normative data for blood pressure. Materials and methods: From 2017 to 2020, 2 032 men and women classified as ‘war veterans’ were recruited [mean age ± standard deviation (SD): 60.97 ± 7.98 years, mean stature: 172.50 ± 9.10 cm, mean body mass: 90.25 ± 36.45 kg, mean body – mass index: 29.66 ± 5....
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Background: Although evidence suggests that functional endurance capacity is the most important component associated with future health, little is known of how it is associated with multiple other physical fitness components. Since various physical fitness aspects do not change the same as functional endurance capacity during childhood, it is nece...
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Purpose: To determine normative data for gait speed and height – normalized gait speed in community – dwelling older men and women. Patients and methods: In this cross – sectional study, we recruited 565 men and women aged ≥ 60 years old. Age was calculated from the date of birth and further classified into four categories: (1) 60 – 65 years, (2)...
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The main purpose of the study was to establish normative data for health – related musculoskeletal fitness. We recruited 13,217 children and adolescents aged 11 – 18 years (6,181 boys and 7,036 girls; 57% of girls). To evaluate musculoskeletal fitness, the following field tests were applied: standing broad jump (cm), sprint 20 m (sec), medicine – b...
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Background: Although studies have shown that field-based tests used to assess the level of sports performance are correlated to maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max), little evidence has been provided regarding the correlations with other physiological parameters such as maximal power output (MP), maximal heart rate (HRmax), minute ventilation (MV) and re...
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Many researchers are trying to determine why a particular nation is more successful in sports by comparing different indicators sorted into the micro, meso and macro level. The subjects of this research are different European countries and the sport of elite triathlon. This study aims to identify macro and meso indicators that statistically have th...
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Background Although evidence suggests that cardiorespiratory fitness is the most important component associated with future health, little is known of how it is associated with multiple other physical fitness components. Since various physical fitness aspects do not change the same as cardiorespiratory fitness during childhood, it is necessary to e...
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Although previous evidence has shown that deviated foot structure and function are associated with falls, little is known of the association between foot rotations and falls in apparently healthy older adults. Therefore, the main purpose of the study was to determine the associations between foot rotation and falls. In this cross-sectional study, w...
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The main aim of the study was to develop normative values for health-related physical fitness tests in first-year police officers. In this cross-sectional study, we recruited 773 police officers aged 19-28 years old [(mean age±standard deviation (SD)=22±3 years, 34% women]). Health-related physical fitness included: (1) polygon backwards (agility),...
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The main purpose of the study was to explore the effects of carrying police equipment on gait spatiotemporal and kinetic parameters. Two - hundred and seventy - five healthy men and women attending police academy (32% women) were randomly recruited. Gait analysis without and with police equipment load (≈ 3.5 kg) was analyzed using Zebris pressure p...
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Purpose: The main purpose of the study was to establish a gait speed cut - off value to predict foot pain and the risk of falls among community - dwelling older adults. Patients and methods: In this cross – sectional study, one – hundred and twenty White older women speaking Croatian (mean ± SD age: 71.02 ± 6.78 years, height 161.77 ± 6.23 cm, weig...
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The main purpose of the study was to establish foot characteristics during walking in children. In this cross-sectional study, we recruited 1 284 primary-school students aged 6-14 years (714 boys and 570 girls) randomly selected from five schools in the city of Brno, Czech Republic. Children walked across a pressure platform (EMED-xl; NovelGmbH, Mu...
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Little is known of how physical fitness is associated with peak plantar pressures in older adults. Therefore, the main purpose of the present study was to explore, whether higher physical fitness levels were associated with lower peak plantar pressures in a sample of community-dwelling older adults. In this cross-sectional study, we recruited 120 o...
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Abstract: Background: Although obesity has been consistently correlated with higher plantar pressure during lifespan, to date little evidence has been provided regarding of how domain-specific and total sedentary behaviors may be correlated with plantar pressures. Moreover, high peak plantar pressures have been consistently associated with foot pai...
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The main purpose of the present study was to develop smoothed percentile curves for physical fitness in adolescents aged 15-18 years from the City of Zagreb. In this cross-sectional study, we recruited 1036 secondary-school students aged 15-18 from eleven randomly selected schools (55.3% of girls). As part of physical fitness, we chose 1-minute sit...
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Purpose: The main purpose of the study was to determine the level of correlation between self-reported and measured physical fitness. Patients and methods: In this cross-sectional study, we recruited 120 older women aged ≥60 years. Self-reported physical fitness was assessed on a scale from 1 to 10, where higher score indicated better physical fit...
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Although it has been well-documented that older adults spend a significant amount of time being sedentary and have slower gait velocity, little is known of how physical fitness mediates the association between them. The main purpose of the study was to explore whether objectively measured physical fitness mediates in the association between domain-...
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Background. The main purpose of the study was to determine whether lower levels of physical activity were associated with higher plantar pressure generated under each foot. Methods. In this cross-sectional study, we recruited 641 children aged 6–14 years (agemean ± SD = 9.7 ± 2.4 years; heightmean ± SD = 143.6 ± 15.3 cm, weightmean ± SD = 37.6 ± 13...
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Za djecu prvi koraci u osnovnu školu predstavljaju velike i značajne promjena u načinu životu. Veliki broj znanstvenika slaže se da školska torba može imati utjecaj po zdravlje djeteta u osnovnoj školi. Osobito je to vidljivo u prvim razredima u kojima je najlošiji omjer mase torbe i tjelesne mase djeteta. Posljednjih godina značajno raste broj dje...
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Little evidence from observational studies has been provided regarding ‘optimal’ relative schoolbag load during primary education. Also, no study to date has provided reference-based standards for relative schoolbag weight. Therefore, the main purpose of the study was to establish normative values of relative schoolbag weight in a sample of childre...
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Background. Although previous studies have shown non-linear associations between body-mass index and physical fitness, little evidence has been provided about the additional association between waist circumference with physical fitness. Therefore, the main purpose of the study was to explore body-mass index and waist circumference associated with p...
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Background: The main aim of the study was to explore the association between objectively measured physical fitness and the level of pain intensity. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, we included 1036 adolescents (mage ± SD = 16.3 ± 1.1 years; mheight ± SD = 1.74 ± 0.1 m; mweight ± SD = 64.7 ± 12.4 kg; mbody-mass index ± SD = 21.3 ± 3.0 kg/m 2)...
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Abstract: Purpose: The main purpose of the present study was to establish percentile curves for body-mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) and WHtR(exp) in adolescents. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, we recruited 1036 secondary-school students aged 15 to 18 years from eight randomly selected schools (55.3...
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This study investigated relative schoolbag weight and the correlation between relative schoolbag weight and gender and age differences of the schoolchildren in nine grades of primary schools in Brno, Czech Republic. Measurements of children’s anthropometry and schoolbag weight were taken in five different schools. In total 584 school children, 44,3...
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SAŽETAK Uvod: ljubiteljima i konzumentima otvorenog prostora u prirodnom okruženju kao što je Park prirode Medvednica vrlo važna informacija je koju i koliku dobrobit po zdravlje dobivaju prilikom planinarenja odabranom planinarskom stazom ili rutom. Na taj način mogu planirati vrijeme, volumen i opterećenje prema svojim mogućnostima te pratiti i k...
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Abstract: Exercise on the beam is particularly stressful for the lower limbs, as the takeoffs and landings are performed on a relatively hard surface. The aim of this work was to create a weekly load summation on the beam of 9 artistic gymnasts of junior and senior age participating in the highest national competition. Furthermore, the objective wa...
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Abstract: The aim of this study was to determine the volume of the mechanical loading and active training time of artistic gymnasts in training. To quantify the monitored variables, we recorded a video of 22 training sessions in 5 elite junior artistic gymnasts who train for a total of 22h a week. Non-specific exercises, such as warm-up, stretching...
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The aim of this study was to determine the influence of schoolbag carriage on pattern changes in plantar pressure during walking among schoolchildren of first grade. The sample consisted of 127 schoolchildren, 48.8% male (n = 62) and 51.2% female (n = 65), aged 6.7 (±0.5) years. The mean schoolbag weight was 4.2 kg (±0.7), which represented 16.9% (...
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Purpose: The aim of this research was to determine the effects of two different types of concurrent training on body composition in adult women. Methods: Women (range 18–35 years) living in Croatia were selected as subjects. Total of 36 women past all inclusion criteria and were included for further analysis. The subjects were randomized into the g...
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The purpose of this study was to evaluate effectiveness of the two teaching methods on the example of basketball two step jump up. Fifty pupils participated in this study. Pupils were randomly divided in two subsamples, based on the method applied for teaching the motor task. The first method was the standard procedure (23 pupils), the second metho...
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Alzheimerova bolest i druge demencije – rano otkrivanje i zaštita zdravlja prva je knjiga ove tematike u Hrvatskoj, sadržajno strukturirana kroz interdisciplinarnu gerontološku istraživačku djelatnost kojom se eminentni stručnjaci i znanstvenici, koautori različitih specijalističkih struka, bave zaštitom zdravlja starijih osoba. Sveučilišni nastavn...
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During pregnancy there are increased biomechanical demands on women affecting gait parameters. The purpose of this study was to analyze changes in vertical ground reaction force (GRF), normalized by body mass, during advancing phases of pregnancy. Nine pregnant subjects participated in this study at three pregnancy stages. To determine in-shoe pres...
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The focus of interest is on the manual lifting and handling of heavy weights. The paper aims to establish how to ascertain the existence of conditions that impair or threaten spinal health, thus representing a health hazard to workers. To maintain the required level of efficiency in lifting and handling weights and to prevent lumbar spine injuries...
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Objectives: The aim of the study was to investigate whether a ski helmet interferes with the sound localization and the time of sound perception in the frontal plane. Material and methods: Twenty-three participants (age 30.7±10.2) were tested on the slope in 2 conditions, with and without wearing the ski helmet, by 6 different spatially distribu...
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SAŽETAK Glavni cilj ovog istraživanja bio je utvrditi dali postoje razlike u izvođenju košarkaškog skok-šuta nakon kretnja i dodane lopte koristeći pritom dvije različite tehnike zaustavljanja, jednokontaktnog i dvokontaktnog. U istraživanju je sudjelovao ispitanik član nacionalne selekcije Hrvatske. Istraživanje je uključivale sljedeće parametre:...
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SAŽETAK Many scientists agree that the weight of the school bags is one of the most important factors that may affect the health and proper growth of the child, especially in elementary school. The aim of the research is to determine the effect of weight of school bags on the appearance of asymmetry of the lower extremities. Protocol research measu...
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Contemporary computers are used in clinical gait analysis. The measured data on locations of certain points on the subject’s body during gait, as well as the data on ground reaction force are combined - assuming a body model of a rigid segment type - via inverse dynamic approach, so that, as the output data, sets of kinematic and kinetic curves are...
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The aim of this study was to establish whether there are any electromyographic (EMG) differences after two different surgical techniques in two years follow-up after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Study participants were divided into three groups. The control group included healthy athletes (C), the first study group (E1) consiste...
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Abstract Aim: The presented study reports a quantitative gait analysis and different adaptive strategies evaluation on 12 male adults, war trauma transtibial (TT) amputees, fitted with prostheses. Methods: Gait analysis included kinematics (joint mobility variables) (of?) prosthetic and healthy legs in 12 TT amputees and 12 able-bodied persons/indi...
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76 SAŽETAK U radu su promatrane danas dvije najčešće korištene tehnike rekonstrukcije koje za transplantat koriste polutetivasti ili vitki mišić (m. gracillis i m. semitendinosus) ili središnju trećinu patelarne tetive. Cilj istraživanja bio je utvrditi postoje li kvalitativne neuromuskularne promjene i odstupanja od zdravog obrasca pokreta izražen...
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3D kinematic systems based on the images acquired by cameras are one of the most popular tools for a human motion analyses. Prior to the actual reconstruction a camera calibration procedure is needed. Originally 3D calibration cages were utilized for that purpose, but nowadays a vast majority of commercial systems rely on the wand calibration. When...
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The aim of the study was to compare bone properties of two groups of students which strongly differ in the level of their everyday physical activity; the School of Medicine (SM) students and the Faculty of Physical Education (FPE) students, University of Zagreb. Quantitative ultrasound parameters--broadband ultrasound attenuation (BUA) and speed of...
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In modern table tennis most international competitors favour the forehand top spin as most favourable attacking stroke. Technically correct performance of top spin strike and its power is, of course dependable on the player's knowledge, his motor abilities, his morphological characteristics and especially on his physical preparation. Perfectly perf...
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In modern table tennis most international competitors favor the forehand top spin stroke as the most favorable attacking stroke, especially on cut balls. Technically correct performance of top spin stroke is, of course dependable on the player's knowledge, his motor abilities, and his morphological characteristics. The purpose of our research was t...