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EMG power spectra of elbow extensors during ramp and step isometric contractions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1915327     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The goal of the present study was to compare electromyogram (EMG) power spectra obtained from step (constant force level) and ramp (progressive increase in the force level) isometric contractions. Data windows of different durations were also analysed for the step contractions, in order to evaluate the stability of EMG power spectrum statistics. Fourteen normal subjects performed (1) five ramp elbow extensions ranging from 0 to 100% of the maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) and (2) three stepwise elbow extensions maintained at five different levels of MVC. Spectral analysis of surface EMG signals obtained from triceps brachii and anconeus was performed. The mean power frequency (MPF) and the median frequency (MF) of each power spectrum were obtained from 256-ms windows taken at 10, 20, 40, 60 and 80% MVC for each type of contraction and in addition on 512-, 1024- and 2048-ms windows for the step contractions. No significant differences (P greater than 0.05) were found in the values of both spectral statistics between the different window lengths. Even though no significant differences (P greater than 0.05) were found between the ramp and the step contractions, significant interactions (P less than 0.05) between these two types of contraction and the force level were found for both the MPF and the MF data. These interactions point out the existence of different behaviours for both the MPF and the MF across force levels between the two types of contraction.
M Bilodeau; A B Arsenault; D Gravel; D Bourbonnais
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of applied physiology and occupational physiology     Volume:  63     ISSN:  0301-5548     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol     Publication Date:  1991  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-11-21     Completed Date:  1991-11-21     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410266     Medline TA:  Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  24-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Isometric Contraction / physiology*
Muscles / physiology*

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