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Author Gabriel, David A. ♦ Boucher, Jean P.
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Springer-Verlag
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©1998
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Social sciences ♦ Sociology & anthropology
Abstract The effect of repeated maximal effort isotonic contractions on electromechanical delay was studied. Over 4 days, 17 male subjects performed 400 rapid elbow flexion trials. The kinematics and surface electromyographic (EMG) activity of the biceps brachii of these subjects were recorded. The period from the onset of the EMG until the beginning of movement was defined as the electromechanical delay. The period from the beginning of movement until the end of the EMG was defined as the second component of the contraction. Over the 4 day period there was an increase in the speed of limb movement. The mean power frequency and the duration of the EMG during the electromechanical delay did not change, while the root-mean-square amplitude increased. The duration of the EMG during the second component of the contraction remained stable. The mean power frequency and the root-mean-square amplitude of the EMG during the second component of the contraction increased with the speed of limb movement. We conclude that the faster contractions were a result of changes in motor unit recruitment during the second component of the contraction, rather than in the electromechanical delay.
ISSN 03015548
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1998-11-23
Publisher Place Berlin/Heidelberg
e-ISSN 14396327
Journal European Journal of Applied Physiology
Volume Number 79
Issue Number 1
Page Count 4
Starting Page 37
Ending Page 40


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