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The facilitation of the tendon reflex of quadriceps, induced by voluntary contraction of a muscle group in the upper limb, evolves in the three phases and depends on several factos. These include the strength and type (ballistic or ramp) of the contraction. In the absence of any electromyographic activity in the conditioning muscle (from a lesion of its(More)
To analyze the factors that influence the conditioning of monosynaptic reflexes by the Jendrassik maneuver, the latter was replaced by a rapid, isolated, reproducible contraction of the wrist extensors; this procedure facilitated reflexes as effectively as the classical Jendrassik maneuver. The results were expressed quantitatively in relation to maximal(More)
This study compares the facilitation of various lower limb reflex arcs brought about by a selective contraction of a well-defined upper limb muscle group in able-bodied healthy subjects. Quantitatively (results expressed as a percentage of maximal motor response), the quadriceps tendon reflex is facilitated more than the soleus and biceps femoris tendon(More)
Metabolic events were followed by 31-P NMR spectroscopy during mechanical exhaustion of directly stimulated rat gastrocnemius. During mechanical fatigue, phosphocreatine (PCr) and pH first declined but although stimulation continued high values were recovered without mechanical recovery. Total recovery was only observed after cessation of stimulation.(More)
Metabolic impairment in skeletal muscle was suggested to be involved in the development of local mechanical fatigue but until now results have dealt with short activity periods whereas little data on exhaustive and prolonged exercises are available. Stimulations of rat leg muscle lasting 45 min were induced by tetanic trains delivered via sciatic nerve at(More)
OBJECT The authors present the use of cortical sulci, segmented from magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, and functional data from functional (f)MR imaging and magnetoencephalography (MEG) in the image-guided surgical management of lesions adjacent to the sensorimotor cortex. METHODS In an initial set of 11 patients, sulci near lesions were automatically(More)
The spin echo decay curve of NMR protons in in-vitro rat muscle is two or three exponential as Hazlewood demonstrated in 1974. This author hypothesized that the longer T2 component is extracellular water and that the medium T2 is intracellular water. Our purpose was to test the histological significance of these two T2. Variations of water contents in two(More)
The results of the application of classification methods to electromyograph signals of weak contractions in normal and myopathic subjects are described. Methods of pattern recognition, previously presented, allow the selection of representative motor unit action potentials. The analysis is done with ordinal qualitative variables obtained by identification(More)