The EMG activity-acceleration relationship to quantify the optimal vibration load when applying synchronous whole-body vibration

Di Giminiani, R; Masedu, F; Padulo, J; Tihanyi, J [Tihanyi, József (Élettan), author] Department of Biomechanics (SU / FPESS); Valenti, M

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    Purpose: To date are lacking methodological approaches to individualizing whole-body vibration (WBV) intensity. The aim of this study was: (1) to determine the surface-electromyography-root-mean-square (sEMGRMS)-acceleration load relationship in the vastus lateralis (VL), vastus medialis (VM), rectus femoris (RF), lateral gastrocnemius (LG) muscles during synchronous WBV, and (2) to assess the reliability of the acceleration corresponding to the maximal sEMGRMS. Methods: Twenty-five sportsman voluntarily took part in this study with a single-group, repeated-measures design. All subjects postured themselves in an isometric half-squat during nine trials in the following conditions: no vibrations and random vibrations of different acceleration loads (from 0.12 to 5.72g). Results: The sEMGRMS were dependent on the acceleration loads in the VL (p=0.0001), LG (p=0.0001) and VM (p=0.011) muscles; while RF was not affected by the acceleration loads (p=0.508). The comparisons among the sEMGRMS-accelerations relationships revealed a significant difference between the LG and the others muscles (p=0.001). No significant difference was found between the different thigh muscles (p>0.05). The intra-class correlation coefficient ranged from 0.87 to 0.99 for the measurements performed on the LG, VL and VM. Conclusions: The sEMGRMS-acceleration relationship in the VL, VM and LG is a reliable test to individualize the WBV intervention. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.
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