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Surface myoelectric signal changes occurring during sustained isometric contractions have been extensively studied with quantitative surface electromyography (sEMG) and are described by means of some sEMG global variables in time and frequency domain (such as the median power spectral frequency). Recently, the possibility of studying local muscle O(2)(More)
The possibility that the surface electromyographic signal (sEMG) from exercised muscle would show significant changes to demonstrate muscle damage after eccentric contraction (EC) was tested in this study. The experiment lasted five consecutive days. On the first day, six sedentary adult subjects performed two rounds of 35 ECs with the biceps brachii of the(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of high degrees of motor unit synchronization on surface EMG variables extracted by linear and non-linear analysis techniques. For this purpose, spectral and recurrent quantification analysis (RQA) were applied to both simulated and experimental EMG signals. Synthetic surface EMG signals were generated(More)
Amplitude and frequency content of the surface electromyographic (EMG) signal reflect central and peripheral modifications of the neuromuscular system. Classic surface EMG spectral variables applied to assess muscle functions are the centroid and median power spectral frequencies. More recently, nonlinear tools have been introduced to analyze the surface(More)
The analysis of the surface electromyographic (sEMG) signal is particularly attractive because it provides relatively easy access to those physiological processes that allow the muscle to generate force and movement. In this paper, one of the possible applications of recurrence plot strategy to the analysis of sEMG is described. Recurrence Quantification(More)
This paper aimed at investigating the neuromuscular response of knee flexor and extensor muscles in elite karateka and karate amateurs (Amateurs) during isokinetic knee flexion/extensions and during the execution of a front kick (FK). Surface electromyograms (sEMG) were recorded from the right vastus lateralis (VL) and biceps femoris (BF) muscles with a(More)
It has been hypothesized that the coordinated activation of muscles is controlled by the central nervous system by means of a small alphabet of control signals (also referred to as activation signals) and motor modules (synergies). We analyzed the locomotion of 10 patients recently affected by stroke (maximum of 20 wk) and compared it with that of healthy(More)
The present research was aimed at investigating the peculiarities of surface electromyogram (sEMG) signals in 12 weightlifting athletes (WLA) and 9 control subjects (control group, CG) The sEMG signals were recorded from both vastus lateralis muscles during 20 s isometric contractions made at 30% and 60% of the maximal voluntary contraction (MVC). Ground(More)
In the present study the influence of speed of contraction on the interplay between recruitment and firing rate of motor units (MUs) was assessed. The surface electromyographic (sEMG) signal was recorded in nine healthy subjects from the right biceps brachii using a linear electrode array during ramp isometric contractions (from 0 to 100% of the maximal(More)
The loss of muscle strength with aging appears to be greater in the lower than upper limbs, but strength and its neural control have never been compared in the same population of individuals in both upper and lower limbs. The aim of this study was to investigate differences between eight young (20-31 years) and eight older (68-76 years) healthy women in(More)