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Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology

Bing Chen, Yun-Ju Lee, Alexander S Aruin
Postural control is compromised in the presence of body instability. We studied anticipatory and compensatory postural adjustments people use to maintain balance while standing on an unstable surface and performing voluntary arm movements. Nine healthy participants stood on a sliding board (that was either locked and as such motionless or unlocked and as such free to move in the anterior-posterior direction) and performed fast bilateral arms flexion. Arm acceleration, bilateral electromyographic activity (EMG) of the trunk and lower extremity muscles and center of pressure (COP) displacements were recorded and analyzed within the intervals typical for the anticipatory (APAs) and compensatory (CPAs) postural adjustments...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Hiroki Obata, Tetsuya Ogawa, Matija Milosevic, Noritaka Kawashima, Kimitaka Nakazawa
A combination of electrical nerve stimulation (ENS) and passive or active cyclic movements (i.e., pedaling and stepping) has been suggested to induce stronger short-term effects in spinal circuits as compared to either intervention alone. The purpose of the present study is to determine whether the effects of ENS during passive stepping are dependent on the timing of the stimulation during the stepping cycle. A total of 10 able-bodied participants were recruited for the study. Two interventions were assessed during passive ground stepping: (1) ENS of the common peroneal nerve (CPN) during the swing phase (ENSswing) and (2) stance phase (ENSstance)...
December 26, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Ben Godde, Mireille Trautmann, Peter Erhard, Claudia Voelcker-Rehage
Learning new motor skills is important for everyday life and independent living in older age. While studies on motor sequence learning and motor adaptation revealed age differences that are mostly related to frontal decline with increasing age, data for fine finger force modulation are missing. Twelve young (YA, 18-28 years) and twelve middle-aged older (OA, 55-65 years) adults practiced a force modulation task in precision grip while lying in a 3T MR scanner. Participants followed a sine wave between 5 and 25% of their maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) at a frequency of 0...
December 24, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Jeffrey J Peterson, Kevin G Keenan
The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of a visuospatial attention task on three measures of postural control in young and older adults. 20 young (19-36  years) and 20 older (67-91 years) adults performed a choice stepping response time (CSRT) task, a submaximal dorsiflexion force steadiness task, and quiet standing in 3 bilateral stances. All tasks were performed with and without a visuospatial (VS) attention task that involved visualizing a star moving within a 2 × 2 grid. CSRT increased with the addition of the VS task in both groups (p  < ...
December 18, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Rachel M Koldenhoven, Mark A Feger, John J Fraser, Jay Hertel
Chronic ankle instability (CAI) patients exhibit altered gait mechanics. The objective was to identify differences in stride-to-stride variability in the position of the center of pressure (COP) and muscle activity during walking between individuals with and without CAI. Participants (17 CAI;17 Healthy) walked on a treadmill at 1.3 m/s while surface electromyography (sEMG) of the fibularis longus (FL) and plantar pressure were recorded. The medial-lateral COP position was averaged for each 10% interval of stance and group standard deviations (SD), coefficient of variation (COV), and range for the COP position were compared between groups via independent t-tests...
December 16, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Keshia M Peters, Valerie E Kelly, Tasha Chang, Madeline C Weismann, Sarah Westcott McCoy, Katherine M Steele
Performance-based tests, such as the Jebsen Taylor Hand Function Test or Chedoke Arm and Hand Activity Inventory, are commonly used to assess functional performance after neurologic injury. However, the muscle activity required to execute these tasks is not well understood, even for unimpaired individuals. The purpose of this study was to evaluate unimpaired muscle recruitment and coordination of the dominant and non-dominant limbs during common clinical tests. Electromyography (EMG) recordings from eight arm muscles were monitored bilaterally for twenty unimpaired participants while completing these tests...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Omid Alizadehkhaiyat, Margaret M Roebuck, Ahmed T Makki, Simon P Frostick
Muscle fatigue affecting glenohumeral and/or scapular muscles is suggested as one of the contributing factors to the development of subacromial impingement syndrome (SAIS). Nonetheless, the fatigability of shoulder girdle muscles in association with the pathomechanics of SAIS has not been reported. This study aimed to measure and compare fatigue progression within the shoulder girdle musculature of patients and healthy controls. 75 participants including 39 patients (20 females; 19 males) and 36 healthy controls (15 females; 21 males) participated in the study...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Stéphanie Thibault-Gagnon, Cindy Auchincloss, Ryan Graham, Linda McLean
AIMS: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between pelvic floor muscle (PFM) electromyographic (EMG) activation and urogenital landmark motion measured using 2D transperineal ultrasound (US) imaging. METHODS: Eight healthy, nulliparous women performed maximum voluntary PFM contractions while EMG and transperineal US images were acquired simultaneously. Changes in the levator plate length (LPL), bladder neck (BN) position and urethral position were determined by visual inspection...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Eleftherios Kellis
The purpose of this study was to quantify the relative changes in fascicle (FL) and muscle-tendon unit (LMTU) length of the long head of the biceps femoris (BFlh) at different combinations of hip and knee joint positions. Fourteen participants performed passive knee extension trials from 0°, 45° and 90° of hip flexion. FL, LMTU, pennation angle (PA) and effective FL (FL multiplied by the cosine of the PA) of the BFlh were quantified using ultrasonography (US). Three-way analysis of variance designs indicated that at each hip angle, FL and LMTU increased and PA decreased from 90° to 0° of knee flexion...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Stephen E May, Peter J Keir
The multi-articular anatomy and inter-connections of the extrinsic finger muscles suggests that wrist posture may affect enslaved finger forces. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of (i) wrist posture on enslaved finger forces during ramp and isotonic exertions, and (ii) the rate of force development on enslaved forces and error. Twelve men performed 3 repetitions of isometric finger flexion and extension force with index and ring fingers with the wrist in 30° flexion, neutral, and 30° extension...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Thomas Cattagni, Romuald Lepers, Nicola A Maffiuletti
Because maximal voluntary strength of the knee extensor muscles can be facilitated by the concomitant application of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) to the contralateral homologous muscle, we aimed to determine whether this was associated with an enhanced neural drive to the agonist muscles. A secondary goal of this study was to examine the potential dose-response relationship between NMES intensity and contralateral facilitation. Twelve healthy men (age: 30 ± 7 yr) completed several maximal voluntary contractions (MVC) of the left knee extensors while the right quadriceps received low-intensity NMES (10% MVC), high-intensity NMES (30% MVC) or no NMES...
November 28, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
A Maslivec, T M Bampouras, S Dewhurst, G Vannozzi, A Macaluso, L Laudani
Decreased head stability has been reported in older women during locomotor transitions such as the initiation of gait. The aim of the study was to investigate the neuro-mechanical mechanisms underpinning head stabilisation in young and older women during gait initiation. Eleven young (23.1 ± 1.1 yrs) and 12 older (73.9 ± 2.4 yrs) women initiated walking at comfortable speed while focussing on a fixed visual target at eye level. A stereophotogrammetric system was used to assess variability of angular displacement and RMS acceleration of the pelvis, trunk and head, and dynamic stability in the anteroposterior and mediolateral directions...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Haifeng Wu, Daqing Wang, Qing Huang, Lifu Gao
Mechanomyography (MMG) signal has been recently investigated for pattern recognition of human motion. In theory, it is no need of direct skin contact to be detected and unaffected by changes in skin impedance. So, it is hopeful for developing wearable sensing device with clothes. However, there have been no studies so far to detect MMG signal on clothes and verify the feasibility of pattern recognition. For this study, 4-channel MMG signals were detected on clothes from the thigh muscles of 8 able-bodied participants...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Yasuhide Yoshitake, Atsutoshi Ikeda, Minoru Shinohara
The purpose of the study was to understand the effect of robotic finger perturbation training on steadiness in finger posture and hand dexterity in healthy young adults. A mobile robotic finger training system was designed to have the functions of high-speed mechanical response, two degrees of freedom, and adjustable loading amplitude and direction. Healthy young adults were assigned to one of the three groups: random perturbation training (RPT), constant force training (CFT), and control. Subjects in RPT and CFT performed steady posture training with their index finger using the robot in different modes: random force in RPT and constant force in CFT...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Yumeng Li, Jupil Ko, Marika A Walker, Cathleen N Brown, Julianne D Schmidt, Seock-Ho Kim, Kathy J Simpson
Much remains unclear about how chronic ankle instability (CAI) could affect knee muscle activations and interact with knee biomechanics. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to assess the influence of CAI on the lower extremity muscle activation at the ankle and knee joints during landings on a tilted surface. A surface electromyography system and two force plates were used to collect lower extremity muscle activation of 21 young female individuals with CAI and 21 pair-matched controls during a double-leg landing with test limb landing on the tilted surface...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Maria Vromans, Pouran D Faghri
This investigation evaluated the progression towards fatigue in two muscles of differing fast- and slow-twitch fiber proportions (abductor pollicis brevis (APB) and vastus lateralis (VL)) when activated by functional electrical stimulation (FES) at three frequencies (10, 35, and 50 Hz). Fatigue was defined as a 50% drop from the initial FES-induced force of 25% maximal voluntary contraction (MVC). Ten healthy adults (mean age: 23.2 ± 3.0 years) were recruited; participants signed an IRB approved consent form prior to participation...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Hui Song, Xu Zhai, Zhongyang Gao, Teng Lu, Qian Tian, Haopeng Li, Xijing He
In the past two decades, many tools have been reported to measure the cervical range of motion (CROM), but most of the results are controversial in healthy individuals and/or individuals with neck pain. The Coda Motion 3-D Analysis system is a new instrument that measures three-dimensional joint movement. However, measurements of CROM using this system have yet to be conducted. Here, we investigate the reliability and validity of the Coda Motion 3-D Analysis System for measuring CROM in healthy adults. Sixty healthy volunteers were involved in this reliability study...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
C Savcun Demirci, E Turgut, E Ayvat, Ö Onursal, F Ayvat, T I Yıldız, I Düzgün, M Kılınç, S Aksu Yıldırım
The purpose of this study is to evaluate scapular movements by the three-dimensional electromagnetic system during shoulder elevation in FSHMD patients, and to compare the results with healthy individuals. 10 patients with FSHMD and 10 healthy individuals were included in the study. Scapular anterior-posterior tilt, upward-downward rotation and internal-external rotation at 30°, 60° and 90° were evaluated using the three-dimensional electromagnetic system during the elevation of the upper limbs in the scapular plane...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Simone Parrini, Benedetta Comba, Gabriele Rossini, Serena Ravera, Giovanni Cugliari, Ilaria De Giorgi, Andrea Deregibus, Tommaso Castroflorio
BACKGROUND: Correlation between malocclusions and body posture has been discussed in the last decades, but there is still a lack of consensus in existing literature. Rasterstereography allows tridimensional reconstruction of the spine, starting from the back surface analysis. So far studies which tested modifications of rasterstereographic parameters during orthodontic treatment, comparing with those obtained from untreated control group, are not available. Clear aligner treatment produces alteration of vertical height due to the occlusal coverage and, subsequently, a stimulation of periodontal receptors which causes an inhibition of the jaw closing muscles and, hypothetically, changes in mandibular posture...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Maria Vinti, Jean-Michel Gracies, Marco Gazzoni, Taian Vieira
Proper muscle activity quantification is highly relevant to monitor and treat spastic cocontraction. As activity may distribute unevenly within muscle volumes, particularly for pennate calf muscles, surface electromyograms (EMGs) detected by traditional bipolar montage may provide biased estimations of muscle activity. We compared cocontraction estimates obtained using bipolar vs grids of electrodes (high-density EMG, HD-EMG). EMGs were collected from medial gastrocnemius, soleus and tibialis anterior during isometric plantar and dorsi-flexion efforts at three levels (30%, 70% and 100% MVC), knee flexed and extended...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
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