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Journal Articles Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology Year : 1998

Variability of some SEMG parameter estimates with electrode location

Jean-Yves Hogrel
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Muscular action potential conduction velocity (CV) and mean power frequency (MPF) are commonly used parameters to describe the surface electromyographic signal (SEMG). The discrepancies concerning the behavior and interpretation of these main parameters in the literature have motivated this work. Our objective was to evaluate within- and between-individual reproducibility, sensitivity and variation of CV and MPF depending on the electrode location with respect to various contraction modalities. The results present evidence for significant influence of electrode location on CV and MPF, not only in their initial values but also in their changes during fatiguing efforts. This influence appears to be subject-dependent. This variability seems to be essentially due to the relative displacements of myotendinous and neuromuscular junctions with respect to the electrode set. Moreover, this study shows that MPF can be seen as force-dependent under certain conditions and that the CV–MPF relationship is strongly influenced by methodological factors. In conclusion, it seems irrelevant to derive reliable SEMG parameter estimates without considering electrode location. There is a strong need for proper standardization based on anatomical and methological aspects before attempting any individual characterization. Finally, we suggest a procedure for assessment of measurement quality.



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hal-02366078 , version 1 (15-11-2019)



Jean-Yves Hogrel, Jacques Duchene, Jean-François Marini. Variability of some SEMG parameter estimates with electrode location. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 1998, 8 (5), pp.305-315. ⟨10.1016/S1050-6411(97)00043-6⟩. ⟨hal-02366078⟩
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