Reliability of a combined biomechanical and surface electromyographical analysis system during dynamic barbell squat exercise

Brandon, Raphael, Howatson, Glyn and Hunter, Angus (2011) Reliability of a combined biomechanical and surface electromyographical analysis system during dynamic barbell squat exercise. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29 (13). pp. 1389-1397. ISSN 0264-0414

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2011.588956

Abstract

An analysis system for barbell weightlifting exercises is proposed to record reliable performance and neuromuscular responses. The system consists of surface electromyography (sEMG) synchronized with electrogoniometry and a barbell position transducer. The purpose of this study was to establish the reliability of the three components of the system. Nine males (age 28.9 ± 4.8 years, mass 85.7 ± 15.1 kg) performed squat exercise at three loads on three separate trial days. A data acquisition and software system processed maximal knee angle (flexion), mean power for the concentric phase of squat exercise, and normalized root mean square of the vastus lateralis. Inter-trial coefficients of variation for each variable were calculated as 5.3%, 7.8%, and 7.5% respectively. In addition, knee joint motion and barbell displacement were significantly related to each other (bar displacement (m) = 1.39–0.0057 × knee angle (degress), with goodness-of-fit value, r 2 = 0.817), suggesting knee goniometry alone can represent the kinematics of a multi-joint squat exercise. The proven reliability of the three components of this system allows for real-time monitoring of resistance exercise using the preferred training methods of athletes, which could be valuable in the understanding of the neuromuscular response of elite strength training methods.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: biomechanics, neuromuscular, resistance exercise, strength training, squat exercise
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2011 15:04
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:38
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4057

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