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Analysis of the crosstalk in mechanomyographic signals along the longitudinal, lateral and transverse axes of elbow flexor muscles during sustained isometric forearm flexion, supination and pronation exercises.

Authors
  • Talib, Irsa1
  • Sundaraj, Kenneth2
  • Lam, Chee Kiang1
  • 1 School of Mechatronic Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), 02600 Arau, Perlis, Malaysia. , (Malaysia)
  • 2 Centre for Telecommunication Research & Innovation, Fakulti Kejuruteraan Elektronik & Kejuruteraan Komputer, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), 76100 Durian Tunggal, Melaka, Malaysia. , (Malaysia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of musculoskeletal & neuronal interactions
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2020
Volume
20
Issue
2
Pages
194–205
Identifiers
PMID: 32481235
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

To analyse the influence of muscle fibre axis on the degree of crosstalk in mechanomyographic (MMG) signals during sustained isometric forearm flexion, pronation and supination exercises performed at 80% maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) at an elbow joint angle of 90°. MMG signals in longitudinal, lateral and transverse directions of muscle fibres were recorded from the elbow flexors of twenty-five male subjects using triaxial accelerometers. Cross-correlation coefficients were used to quantify the degree of crosstalk in all nine possible pairs of fibre axes, all muscle pairs and all exercises. MMG root mean square (RMS) was statistically significant among the fibre axes (p<0.05, η2=0.17- 0.34) except for biceps brachii and brachioradialis in supination and brachialis in flexion. Overall mean crosstalk values in the three muscle pairs (biceps brachii & brachialis, brachialis & brachioradialis and brachioradialis & biceps brachii) were found to be 6.09-52.17%, 4.01-61.42% and 2.16-51.85%, respectively. Crosstalk values showed statistical significance among all nine axes pairs (p<0.05, η2=0.16-0.51) except for biceps brachii & brachialis during pronation. The transverse axes pair generated the lowest mean crosstalk values (2.16-9.14%). MMG signals recorded using accelerometers from the transverse axes of muscle fibres in the elbow flexors are unique and yield the least amount of crosstalk.

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