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Duration of differential activations is functionally related to fatigue prevention during low-level contractions.
Human Movement Sciences Programme, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. (National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Lersø Parkallé 105, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark)
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Radiation Physics. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Physics (CMTF). (Department of Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, University Hospital, Umeå, Sweden)
Human Movement Sciences Programme, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Radiation Physics. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Physics (CMTF). (Department of Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, University Hospital, Umeå, Sweden)
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2010 (English)In: Journal of electromyography and kinesiology : official journal of the International Society of Electrophysiological Kinesiology, ISSN 1873-5711, Vol. 20, no 2, 241-245 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to investigate the importance of duration of differential activations between the heads of the biceps brachii on local fatigue during prolonged low-level contractions. Fifteen subjects carried out isometric elbow flexion at 5% of maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) for 30 min. MVCs were performed before and at the end of the prolonged contraction. Surface electromyographic (EMG) signals were recorded from both heads of the biceps brachii. Differential activation was analysed based on the difference in EMG amplitude (activation) between electrodes situated at the two heads. Differential activations were quantified by the power spectral median frequency of the difference in activation between the heads throughout the contraction. The inverse of the median frequency was used to describe the average duration of the differential activations. The relation between average duration of the differential activations and the fatigue-induced reduction in maximal force was explored by linear regression analysis. The main finding was that the average duration of differential activation was positively associated to relative maximal force at the end of the 30 min contraction (R(2)=0.5, P<0.01). The findings of this study highlight the importance of duration of differential activations for local fatigue, and support the hypothesis that long term differential activations prevent fatigue during prolonged low-level contractions.

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2010. Vol. 20, no 2, 241-245 p.
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Differential activation, fatigue, biceps brachii, low force, high-density surface EMG
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-31270DOI: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2009.04.011ISI: 000274980100008PubMedID: 19481957OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-31270DiVA: diva2:292057
Available from: 2010-02-04 Created: 2010-02-04 Last updated: 2011-09-30Bibliographically approved

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