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Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494371/improving-surface-emg-burst-detection-in-infrahyoid-muscles-during-swallowing-using-digital-filters-and-discrete-wavelet-analysis
#1
Sebastian Restrepo-Agudelo, Sebastian Roldan-Vasco, Lina Ramirez-Arbelaez, Santiago Cadavid-Arboleda, Estefania Perez-Giraldo, Andres Orozco-Duque
The visual inspection is a widely used method for evaluating the surface electromyographic signal (sEMG) during deglutition, a process highly dependent of the examiners expertise. It is desirable to have a less subjective and automated technique to improve the onset detection in swallowing related muscles, which have a low signal-to-noise ratio. In this work, we acquired sEMG measured in infrahyoid muscles with high baseline noise of ten healthy adults during water swallowing tasks. Two methods were applied to find the combination of cutoff frequencies that achieve the most accurate onset detection: discrete wavelet decomposition based method and fixed steps variations of low and high cutoff frequencies of a digital bandpass filter...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448852/reproducibility-of-scapular-muscle-activity-in-isokinetic-shoulder-flexion-and-extension
#2
Monique Wochatz, Sophie Rabe, Martin Wolter, Tilman Engel, Steffen Mueller, Frank Mayer
Repetitive overhead movements have been identified as a main risk factor to develop shoulder complaints with scapular muscle activity being altered. Reliable assessment of muscle activity is essential to differentiate between symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the intra- and inter-session reliability of scapular muscle activity during maximal isokinetic shoulder flexion and extension. Eleven asymptomatic adults performed maximum effort isokinetic shoulder flexion and extension (concentric and eccentric at 60°/s) in a test-retest design...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411488/inter-joint-coordination-of-posture-on-a-seesaw-device
#3
Frédéric Noé, Xavier García-Massó, Thierry Paillard
Even though specific adjustments of the multi-joint control of posture have been observed when posture is challenged, multi-joint coordination on a seesaw device has never been accurately assessed. The current study was conducted in order to investigate the multi-joint coordination when subjects were standing on either a seesaw device or on a stable surface, with the eyes open or closed. Eighteen healthy active subjects were recruited. A principal component analysis and a Self-Organizing Maps analysis were performed on the joint angles in order to detect and characterize dominant coordination patterns...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411486/the-effect-of-age-and-knee-osteoarthritis-on-muscle-activation-patterns-and-knee-joint-biomechanics-during-dual-belt-treadmill-gait
#4
Derek Rutherford, Matthew Baker, Ivan Wong, William Stanish
PURPOSE: To compare a group of individuals with moderate medial compartment knee osteoarthritis (OA) to both an age-matched asymptomatic group of older adults and younger adults to determine whether differences in knee joint muscle activation patterns and joint biomechanics exist during gait between these three groups. SCOPE: 20 young adults, 20 older adults, and 40 individuals with moderate knee OA were recruited. Using standardized procedures, surface electromyograms were recorded from the vastus lateralis and medialis, rectus femoris and the medial and lateral hamstrings...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399443/the-effect-of-inspiratory-and-expiratory-loads-on-abdominal-muscle-activity-during-breathing-in-subjects-at-risk-for-the-development-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-healthy
#5
António Mesquita Montes, Carlos Crasto, Cristina Argel de Melo, Rita Santos, Susana Pereira, João Paulo Vilas-Boas
The abdominal muscle activity has been shown to be variable in subjects with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) when respiratory demand increases and their recruitment pattern may change the mechanics, as well as the work and cost of breathing. The scientific evidence in subjects "at risk" for the development of COPD may be important to understand the natural history of this disease. This study aims to evaluate the effect of inspiratory and expiratory loads on the abdominal muscle activity during breathing in subjects "at risk" for the development of COPD and healthy...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395183/interplay-between-body-stabilisation-and-quadriceps-muscle-activation-capacity
#6
Theodoros M Bampouras, Neil D Reeves, Vasilios Baltzopoulos, Constantinos N Maganaris
The study aimed to distinguish the effect of stabilisation and muscle activation on quadriceps maximal isometric voluntary contraction (MVC) torque generation. Nine subjects performed (a) an MVC with restrained leg and pelvis (Typical MVC), (b) a Typical MVC with handgrip (Handgrip MVC), (c) an MVC focusing on contracting the knee extensors only (Isolated knee extension MVC), and (d) an MVC with unrestrained leg and pelvis (Unrestrained MVC). Torque and activation capacity between conditions were compared with repeated measures ANOVA and dependent t-tests...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343885/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-impairs-index-finger-responses-to-unpredictable-perturbations
#7
Emily L Grandy, Kaihua Xiu, Tamara L Marquardt, Chengliu Li, Peter J Evans, Zong-Ming Li
The fine-tuning of digit forces to object properties can be disrupted by carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). CTS' effects on hand function have mainly been investigated using predictable manipulation tasks; however, unpredictable perturbations are commonly encountered during manual tasks, presenting situations which may be more challenging to CTS patients given their hand impairments. The purpose of this study was to investigate muscle and force responses of the index finger to unpredictable perturbations in patients with CTS...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342367/optimization-of-surface-electrodes-location-for-h-reflex-recordings-in-soleus-muscle
#8
Alberto Botter, Taian M Vieira
The Hoffmann reflex (H reflex) is extensively used to investigate the spinal motor neuron excitability in healthy and pathological subjects. Obtaining a representative and robust amplitude estimation of the H reflex is of marked relevance in clinical as well as in research applications. As for the motor responses, this issue is strictly related to the electrode positioning, especially for large, pinnate muscles such as the triceps surae. In this study we investigated the effect of electrode position on soleus H-reflex amplitude...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460239/external-loading-alters-trunk-kinematics-and-lower-extremity-muscle-activity-in-a-distribution-specific-manner-during-sitting-and-rising-from-a-chair
#9
Michelle C Walaszek, Amanda L Ransom, Steven Capehart, Michael B Pohl, Robert Shapiro, Lance M Bollinger
BACKGROUND: Excess body mass alters gait biomechanics in a distribution-specific manner. The effects of adding mass centrally or peripherally on biomechanics during sitting and rising from a chair are unknown. METHODS: Motion analysis and lower extremity EMG were measured for fifteen healthy, normal weight subjects during sit-to-stand (SitTS) and stand-to-sit (StandTS) from a chair under unloaded (UN), centrally loaded (CL), and peripherally loaded (PL) conditions...
June 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457998/whole-body-vibration-induces-distinct-reflex-patterns-in-human-soleus-muscle
#10
Ilhan Karacan, Muharrem Cidem, Mehmet Cidem, Kemal S Türker
The neuronal mechanisms underlying whole body vibration (WBV)-induced muscular reflex (WBV-IMR) are not well understood. To define a possible pathway for WBV-IMR, this study investigated the effects of WBV amplitude on WBV-IMR latency by surface electromyography analysis of the soleus muscle in human adult volunteers. The tendon (T) reflex was also induced to evaluate the level of presynaptic Ia inhibition during WBV. WBV-IMR latency was shorter when induced by low- as compared to medium- or high-amplitude WBV (33...
June 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437781/the-reliability-and-criterion-validity-of-2d-video-assessment-of-single-leg-squat-and-hop-landing
#11
Lee Herrington, Faisal Alenezi, Msaad Alzhrani, Hasan Alrayani, Richard Jones
The objective was to assess the intra-tester, within and between day reliability of measurement of hip adduction (HADD) and frontal plane projection angles (FPPA) during single leg squat (SLS) and single leg landing (SLL) using 2D video and the validity of these measurements against those found during 3D motion capture. 15 healthy subjects had their SLS and SLL assessed using 3D motion capture and video analysis. Inter-tester reliability for both SLS and SLL when measuring FPPA and HADD show excellent correlations (ICC2,1 0...
June 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411487/the-relationship-of-corticospinal-excitability-with-pain-motor-performance-and-disability-in-subjects-with-chronic-wrist-hand-pain
#12
René Pelletier, Johanne Higgins, Daniel Bourbonnais
There is a growing body of evidence of changes in corticospinal excitability associated with musculoskeletal disorders, however there is a lack of knowledge of how these changes relate to measures of pain, motor performance and disability. An exploratory study was performed utilizing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to investigate differences in corticospinal excitability in the Abductor Pollicis Brevis (APB) between 15 pain-free subjects and 15 subjects with chronic wrist/hand pain and to determine how corticospinal excitability was associated with measures of pain (visual analog scale, AUSCAN™), hand motor performance (isometric and key pinch strength, Purdue Pegboard Test), disability (AUSCAN™), and spinal motoneuronal excitability...
June 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388531/stiffness-and-proprioceptive-contributions-of-ankle-braces-and-the-influence-of-localized-muscle-fatigue
#13
Courtney A Webster, Maury A Nussbaum, Michael L Madigan
Ankle braces are a common treatment to reduce ankle sprain recurrence among individuals with chronic ankle instability (CAI). Bracing provides supplemental external joint stiffness and/or improved proprioceptive acuity. The goals of this study were to assess the effects of two ankle braces on joint position sense (JPS) and ankle stiffness, and determine whether bracing effects are reduced with localized muscle fatigue. Measures of JPS and ankle stiffness were obtained from participants with CAI (n=12) for three conditions (no brace, a neoprene wrap brace, and a semi-rigid brace), before and after inducing localized muscle fatigue at the ankle...
June 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384495/two-degrees-of-freedom-quasi-static-emg-force-at-the-wrist-using-a-minimum-number-of-electrodes
#14
Edward A Clancy, Carlos Martinez-Luna, Marek Wartenberg, Chenyun Dai, Todd R Farrell
Surface electromyogram-controlled powered hand/wrist prostheses return partial upper-limb function to limb-absent persons. Typically, one degree of freedom (DoF) is controlled at a time, with mode switching between DoFs. Recent research has explored using large-channel EMG systems to provide simultaneous, independent and proportional (SIP) control of two joints-but such systems are not practical in current commercial prostheses. Thus, we investigated site selection of a minimum number of conventional EMG electrodes in an EMG-force task, targeting four sites for a two DoF controller...
June 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259003/analysis-of-3d-multi-segment-lumbar-spine-motion-during-gait-and-prone-hip-extension
#15
Nicholas Ryan, Paul Bruno
Modeling the lumbar spine as a single rigid segment does not consider the relative contribution of regional or segmental motion that may occur during a task. The current study used a multi-segment model to measure three-dimensional (3D) upper and lower lumbar spine motion during walking and prone hip extension (PHE). The degree of segmental redundancy during these movements was assessed by calculating the cross-correlation of the segmental angle time series (R0) and the correlation of the segmental ranges of motion (RROM)...
April 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28232285/correlation-between-stiffness-and-electromechanical-delay-components-during-muscle-contraction-and-relaxation-before-and-after-static-stretching
#16
Stefano Longo, Emiliano Cè, Susanna Rampichini, Michela Devoto, Massimo Venturelli, Eloisa Limonta, Fabio Esposito
The study was aimed at assessing possible correlations of the electromechanical delay components during muscle contraction (DelayTOT) and relaxation (R-DelayTOT), with muscle-tendon unit (MTU), muscle, and tendon stiffness before and after static stretching (SS). Plantarflexor muscles' maximum voluntary torque (Tmax) was measured in 18 male participants (age 24±3yrs; body mass 76.4±8.9kg; stature 1.78±0.09m; mean±SD). During Tmax, surface electromyogram (EMG), mechanomyogram, and force signals were detected...
April 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28232284/an-entropy-assisted-musculoskeletal-shoulder-model
#17
Xu Xu, Jia-Hua Lin, Raymond W McGorry
Optimization combined with a musculoskeletal shoulder model has been used to estimate mechanical loading of musculoskeletal elements around the shoulder. Traditionally, the objective function is to minimize the summation of the total activities of the muscles with forces, moments, and stability constraints. Such an objective function, however, tends to neglect the antagonist muscle co-contraction. In this study, an objective function including an entropy term is proposed to address muscle co-contractions. A musculoskeletal shoulder model is developed to apply the proposed objective function...
April 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226298/the-effect-of-muscle-fatigue-and-low-back-pain-on-lumbar-movement-variability-and-complexity
#18
C M Bauer, F M Rast, M J Ernst, A Meichtry, J Kool, S M Rissanen, J H Suni, M Kankaanpää
INTRODUCTION: Changes in movement variability and complexity may reflect an adaptation strategy to fatigue. One unresolved question is whether this adaptation is hampered by the presence of low back pain (LBP). This study investigated if changes in movement variability and complexity after fatigue are influenced by the presence of LBP. It is hypothesised that pain free people and people suffering from LBP differ in their response to fatigue. METHODS: The effect of an isometric endurance test on lumbar movement was tested in 27 pain free participants and 59 participants suffering from LBP...
April 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226297/neck-muscle-fatigue-differentially-alters-scapular-and-humeral-kinematics-during-humeral-elevation-in-subclinical-neck-pain-participants-versus-healthy-controls
#19
Mahboobeh Zabihhosseinian, Michael W R Holmes, Samuel Howarth, Brad Ferguson, Bernadette Murphy
BACKGROUND: Scapular orientation is highly dependent on axioscapular muscle function. This study examined the impact of neck muscle fatigue on scapular and humeral kinematics in participants with and without subclinical neck pain (SCNP) during humeral elevation. METHODS: Ten SCNP and 10 control participants performed three unconstrained trials of dominant arm humeral elevation in the scapular plane to approximately 120 degrees before and after neck extensor muscle fatigue...
April 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226296/the-relationship-between-external-knee-moments-and-muscle-co-activation-in-subjects-with-medial-knee-osteoarthritis
#20
Luiz Fernando Approbato Selistre, Stela Márcia Mattiello, Theresa Helissa Nakagawa, Glaucia Helena Gonçalves, Marina Petrella, Richard Keith Jones
PURPOSE: External knee moments are reliable to measure knee load but it does not take into account muscle activity. Considering that muscle co-activation increases compressive forces at the knee joint, identifying relationships between muscle co-activations and knee joint load would complement the investigation of the knee loading in subjects with knee osteoarthritis. The purpose of this study was to identify relationships between muscle co-activation and external knee moments during walking in subjects with medial knee osteoarthritis...
April 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
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