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Muscular timing and inter-muscular coordination in healthy females while walking
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 1196352
Author(s) Huber, Cora; Nüesch, Corina; Göpfert, Beat; Cattin, Philippe C; von Tscharner, Vinzenz
Author(s) at UniBasel Cattin, Philippe Claude
Göpfert, Beat
Year 2011
Title Muscular timing and inter-muscular coordination in healthy females while walking
Journal Journal of neuroscience methods
Volume 201
Number 1
Pages / Article-Number 27-34
Keywords Thigh muscles, Gait, EMG, Wavelet analysis, Rhythmicity

The dynamic interplay between muscles surrounding the knee joint, the central nervous system and external factors require a control strategy to generate and stabilise the preferred gait pattern. The electromyographic (EMG) signal is a common measure reflecting the neuromuscular control strategies during dynamic tasks. Neuromuscular control mechanisms, found in processed EMG signals, showed a precise pacing with a pacing rhythm and a tight control of muscle activity in running and maximally contracted muscles. The purpose of this study was to provide an insight how muscles get activated during walking. The EMG power, extracted by the wavelet transform (92-395Hz), over a time period encompassing 250ms before and 250ms after heel strike was analysed. The study showed that the wavelet-based analysis of EMG signals was sufficiently sensitive to detect a synchronisation of the activation of thigh muscles while walking. The results within each single subject and within the group consisting of 10 healthy females showed that, although there was a lot of jitter in the locations of the intensity peaks, the muscle activation is controlled, on average, by a neuromuscular activity paced at about 40ms, however with variable amplitudes. Albeit the jitter of the signal, the results resolved the temporal dependency of intensity peaks within muscles surrounding the knee and provided an insight into neural control of locomotion. The methodology to assess the stabilising muscle activation pattern may provide a way to discriminate subjects with normal gait pattern form those with a deteriorated neuromuscular control strategy.

Publisher Elsevier
ISSN/ISBN 0165-0270
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2011.07.008
PubMed ID
ISI-Number WOS:000295503700004
Document type (ISI) Journal Article

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