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Tungsten micro-electrodes have been used to record the electrical activity of single motor units in the human adductor pollicis during maximal voluntary contractions. The potentials were characteristic of those from single muscle fibres. In brief maximal contractions, the firing rates of over 200 motor units were obtained from five normal subjects. Four(More)
During fatigue from a sustained maximal voluntary contraction (m.v.c.) the mean motoneurone discharge rates decline. In the present experiments we found no recovery of firing rates after 3 min of rest if the fatigued muscle was kept ischaemic, but near full recovery 3 min after the blood supply was restored. Since 3 min is thus sufficient time for recovery(More)
Measurements were made from the human adductor pollicis muscle of force, contractile speed, and electromyographic activity (EMG) before, during, and after maximal isometric voluntary contractions sustained for 60 s. The use of brief test periods of maximal nerve stimulation with single shocks or trains of shocks enabled various muscle mechanical properties(More)
1. A brief downward, stepwise displacement applied to the outstretched finger gives rise to a train of approximately sinusoidal movements of it, lasting often more than 1 sec. The frequency of these waves is the same, in any one subject, as that of physiological tremor.2. The oscillations are regular in form, and bear a constant phase relation to the(More)
1. Muscle mass action potentials (M waves) were evoked by supramaximal single shocks to the ulnar nerve given at 5-10 s intervals throughout sustained isometric maximal voluntary contractions (m.v.c.) of the adductor pollicis and first dorsal interosseous muscles. Both muscles were fatigued simultaneously. Recordings were made from the muscle surface and(More)