Inter-individual variability among the mechanomyographic and electromyographic amplitude and mean power frequency responses during isometric ramp muscle actions.
ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to examine the inter-individual variability in the patterns of responses for mechanomyographic (MMG) and electromyographic (EMG) amplitude and mean power frequency (MPF) of the vastus lateralis (VL) and rectusfemoris (RF) muscles during isometric ramp muscle actions of the leg extensors. Fifteen participants (mean +/- SD age = 24 +/- 4 years) performed two or three 6-s isometric ramp muscle actions with linear increases in torque from 15% to 90% of the highest maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) torque. Surface MMG and EMG signals were simultaneously recorded from the VL and RF muscles. The composite (averaged across subjects) and individual patterns of responses for the normalized MMG and EMG amplitude and MPF vs. isometric torque relationships were analyzed. The composite patterns for MMG amplitude for the VL and RF muscles were fit with cubic models, although, only 87% of the individual patterns (13 of 15 subjects) exhibited the same cubic pattern as the composite. For MMG MPF, the composite relationships were also cubic, but only 27% (4 subjects) and 40% (6 subjects) of the individuals exhibited the same patterns for the VL and RF respectively. 60% (8 subjects) of the individual EMG amplitude patterns of responses matched the same curvilinear composite patterns for the VL and RE, while only 7% (1 subject) and 27% (4 subjects) of the EMG MPF responses were similar to the composite models for the VL and RF muscles, respectively. Therefore, since the individual patterns did not always match the composite relationships (i.e., inter-individual variability), these findings suggested that the MMG and EMG amplitude and MPF vs. isometric torque relationships should be examined on a subject-by-subject and muscle-by-muscle basis during isometric ramp muscle actions.
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ABSTRACT: Abstract We investigated the effect of verbal encouragement on maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) level of the triceps surae muscle group. Our secondary focus was to examine whether the effect of verbal encouragement on MVC level varies as a result of conscientiousness. While the participants performed plantar flexion, MVCs of the triceps surae muscle group were measured using rectified and smoothed surface electromyography (rsEMG) during the absence and presence of verbal encouragement. Participants completed questions from the Five Factor Personality Inventory concerning conscientiousness and were divided into high- and low-conscientiousness groups according to a median split. The sample included 30 female and 53 male elite athletes. In the entire cohort, there was no significant difference in MVCs with and without verbal encouragement. When the sample was partitioned by conscientiousness scores, verbal encouragement led to a significant increase in MVC in the low-conscientiousness group, whereas verbal encouragement led to a non-significant decrease in MVC in the high-conscientiousness group. Percentage change in MVC across experimental conditions was significantly different between the groups, with a 9.72% increase during verbal encouragement of the low-conscientiousness group, and a 2.47% decrease during verbal encouragement of the high-conscientiousness group.Journal of Sports Sciences 01/2013; · 2.08 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to examine possible correlations between skinfold thicknesses and the a terms from the log-transformed electromyographic (EMGRMS) and mechanomyographic amplitude (MMGRMS)-force relationships, EMG M-Waves, and MMG gross lateral movements (GLM). Forty healthy subjects performed a 6-s isometric ramp contraction from 5% to 85% of their maximal voluntary contraction with EMG and MMG sensors placed on the vastus lateralis (VL) and rectus femoris (RF). A single electrical stimulus was applied to the femoral nerve to record the EMG M-waves and MMG GLMs. Skinfold thickness was assessed at the site of each electrode. Pearson's product correlation coefficients were calculated comparing skinfold thicknesses with the a terms from the log-transformed EMGRMS-and MMGRMS-force relationships, EMG M-waves, and MMG GLMs. There were no significant cor1relations (p>0.05) between the a terms and skinfold thicknesses for the RF and VL from the EMGRMS and MMGRMS-force relationships. However, there were significant correlations (p<0.05) between skinfold thicknesses and the EMG M-waves and MMG GLMs for the RF (r=-0.521, -0.376) and VL (r=-0.479, -0.484). Relationships were only present between skinfold thickness and the amplitudes of the EMG and MMG signals during the non-voluntary muscle actions.Journal of electromyography and kinesiology: official journal of the International Society of Electrophysiological Kinesiology 01/2014; · 2.00 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: We examined the mechanomyographic amplitude (MMGRMS )-force relationships with log-transform and polynomial regression models for the vastus lateralis (VL), rectus femoris (RF), and first dorsal interosseous (FDI) muscles. METHODS: Twelve healthy (age = 23 ± 3 yrs;) men performed isometric ramp contractions of the leg extensors and index finger from 10% to 80% of their maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) with MMG sensors positioned on the VL, RF, and FDI. Log-transform and polynomial regression models were fitted to the relationships. RESULTS: There were differences for the a terms (intercepts) and b terms (slopes) from the log-transform model between the FDI, VL, and RF, however, there were no consistent differences identified with the polynomial regression models. DISCUSSION: The log-transform model quantified differences in the patterns of responses between the FDI and the leg extensors, however, polynomial regression could not distinguish such differences. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.Muscle & Nerve 05/2013; · 2.31 Impact Factor