Francesco Felici

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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 main purposes of this study were to describe the cardiorespiratory fitness and lower limbs maximal muscle power of a selected group of Olympic Italian male (M) and female (F) judokas. Eleven subjects (6 M, 5 F) underwent 3 different tests. The VO(2)max and ventilatory threshold (VT; V-slope method) were assessed during a graded maximal treadmill test.(More)
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)
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)
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)
Muscle fiber conduction velocity (MFCV) gives critical information on neuromuscular control and can be considered a size principle parameter, being suggestive of motor unit recruitment strategies. MFCV has been recently measured during constant-load sub-maximal cycling exercise and was found to correlate positively with percentage of type I myosin heavy(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)
The aim of the present study was to ascertain if in six young (23–35 years) and in six older (70–72 years) healthy men matched for comparable absolute and specific maximal force of the dominant elbow flexors, differences in isometric endurance, myoelectrical fatigability, and shortening velocity are still recognizable. To assess the specific force, the(More)
INTRODUCTION In this study we tested the hypothesis that caffeine supplementation improves neuromuscular function, which has both nutritional and clinical relevance. METHODS Fourteen male subjects (mean ± SD: 23.8 ± 2.8 years) volunteered in a double-blind, repeated-measures study with placebo (PLA) or caffeine (CAFF) (6 mg kg(-1)). Maximal voluntary(More)