Christian S Klein

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Little is known about how human motor units respond to chronic paralysis. Our aim was to record surface electromyographic (EMG) signals, twitch forces, and tetanic forces from paralyzed motor units in the thenar muscles of individuals (n = 12) with chronic (1.5-19 yr) cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). Each motor unit was activated by intraneural(More)
Human muscles paralysed chronically by spinal cord injury (SCI) fatigue excessively. Whether these reductions in force reflect a decrease in the fatigue resistance of the motor units is unknown. Our aim was to determine the fatigability of thenar motor units paralysed chronically (10 +/- 2 years) by cervical SCI. Surface electromyographic activity (EMG) and(More)
Spinal cord injury (SCI) results in widespread variation in muscle function. Review of motor unit data shows that changes in the amount and balance of excitatory and inhibitory inputs after SCI alter management of motoneurons. Not only are units recruited up to higher than usual relative forces when SCI leaves few units under voluntary control, the force(More)
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