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Article: Analysis of electromyographic muscles activity of gait in healthy subjects with and without AFO developed for patients with hemiparesis.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The aim of the present study was to analyze the electromyographic (EMG) signals of the rectus femoris (RF), vastus lateralis (VL), tibialis anterior (TA) and soleus (SO) muscles in young healthy adults with and without the use of an experimental ankle-foot-orthosis (AFO) designed for patients with hemiparesis. Twenty-eight individuals with an average age of 22 +/- 3.63 years participated in the study. An electromyograph, surface electrodes and two force plates were used. There was a non-significant increase in the TA activity with the use of the AFO (6.04 +/- 2.81) when compared to non-use (5.91 +/- 2.49) (p > 0.5); the same was true for the other muscles evaluated. There was a positive correlation (r = 0.37) between TA and SO activity (p < 0.05). The results demonstrate that the AFO did not affect the gait pattern of healthy young adults.Electromyography and clinical neurophysiology 50(6):295-301.
Article: Neurophysiological comparison between the Sit-to-Stand test with the 6-Minute Walk test in individuals with COPD.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The Sit-to-Stand test (SST) is accepted and utilized during functional assessments of COPD patients, along with the 6-Minute Walk test (6MWT). Since there is a lack of evidence in literature regarding the neurophysiological effectiveness of SST compared to 6MWT, the present study is justified with the purpose of assessing the neurophysiological effectiveness of SST in comparison to the 6MWT during the functional assessment of such patients, once it is known that both tests are good predictors of functional state. Fourteen patients with moderate to severe COPD randomly performed the 6MWT and the SST with a 30-minute interval in between tests. Blood lactate was collected along with the median frequency (MDF), obtained with the electromyography of the muscles rectusfemoris (RF), vastus lateralis (VL), tibialis anterior (TA), and soleus (SO) for the comparison of the neurophysiological effectiveness. The results of the blood lactate concentration during rest and at the end of the functional tasks along with the results from the angular coefficient (AC) obtained from the median frequency were analyzed with the Student t test. The initial and final values obtained from SST and 6MWT were compared within each activity, along with the comparison between the initial and final values for each functional test. A significant difference (p = 0.0005) was only verified between the initial and final values of SST. We found neurophysiological correlation between both tests which enabled us to suggest that SST may determine functional status as easily as the 6MWT in regard to neurophysiological effectiveness.Electromyography and clinical neurophysiology 50(1):47-53.