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The goal of the present study was to compare electromyogram (EMG) power spectra obtained from step (constant force level) and ramp (progressive increase in the force level) isometric contractions. Data windows of different durations were also analysed for the step contractions, in order to evaluate the stability of EMG power spectrum statistics. Fourteen(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine, using the Muscular Utilization Ratio (MUR) method, whether plantarflexor weakness is among the factors preventing stroke subjects from walking at faster speeds. Potential compensations by the hip flexors were also examined. DESIGN A convenience sample of 17 chronic stroke subjects in a context of a descriptive study. BACKGROUND(More)
It has been proposed that the mean power frequency (MPF) of the electromyogram (EMG) power spectrum increases gradually with force of contraction and that this increase is a function of the fiber-type content of the muscle investigated and the inter-electrode distance (IED) used when recording the EMG signals. In order to test these hypotheses, the values(More)
A tridimensional (3-D) x-ray method of evaluation of the shoulder was contrasted with six clinical and radiologic techniques used to evaluate shoulder subluxation, in 50 hemiplegic subjects. The 3-D evaluation is obtained through a mathematical computation associating two x-rays of the same shoulder, one taken at 0 degree (anteroposterior) and the other at(More)
Inferior subluxation of the shoulder in hemiplegia was measured using a tridimensional (3-D) x-ray technique. This technique gave the true vertical distance separating the apex of the humeral head and the inferior margin of the glenoid cavity. Both shoulders of each subject were evaluated and the difference used as a measure of subluxation. This measure was(More)
The purpose of this study was to test the stationarity and normality of electromyographic (EMG) signals obtained while exerting isometric contractions: (a) where a steady force level is maintained (step contractions); and (b) where the force level is increased linearly over time (ramp contractions). Ramp elbow flexions were performed from 0 to 100% of the(More)