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Laser-detected lateral muscle displacement is correlated with force fluctuations during voluntary contractions in humans.

Department of Health Sciences, Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Oita, Japan.
Journal of Neuroscience Methods (Impact Factor: 2.11). 08/2008; 173(2):271-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2008.06.022
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ABSTRACT Fluctuations in muscle force during steady voluntary contractions result from the summation of twitch forces produced by asynchronous activation of multiple motor units. We hypothesized that oscillatory lateral muscle displacement, measured with a non-contact high-resolution laser displacement sensor, is correlated with force fluctuations during steady, voluntary contractions with a human muscle. Eight healthy young adults (20-33 yrs) performed steady isometric contractions with the first dorsal interosseus muscle. Contraction intensity ranged from 2.5% to 60% of the maximal voluntary contraction force. Oscillatory lateral displacement of the muscle surface was measured with a high-resolution laser displacement sensor (0.5 microm resolution), concurrently with abduction force of the index finger. In the time-domain analysis, there was a significant positive peak in the cross-correlation function between lateral muscle displacement and force fluctuations. In addition, the amplitude increased linearly with contraction intensity in both signals. In the frequency-domain analysis, frequency content was similar in both signals, and there was significant coherence between signals for the major frequency range of the signals (<5 Hz). In conclusion, laser-detected lateral displacement of a hand muscle is correlated with force fluctuations across a wide range of contraction intensity during steady voluntary contractions in humans.

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