Decomposition-enhanced spike-triggered averaging: Contraction level effects Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Decomposition-enhanced spike-triggered averaging (DE-STA) was applied to the vastus medialis muscle to examine size distributions of surface-detected motor-unit action potentials (S-MUAPs) at various force levels. Using DE-STA, 15-20 S-MUAPs were identified during 5%, 10%, 20%, and 30% of maximum voluntary contraction. Average S-MUAPs showed increase in peak to peak (and negative peak) amplitude with force (In microV): 5% = 37.9 +/- 6.1 (16.6 +/- 2.5), 10% = 44.0 +/- 4.0 (20.4 +/- 1.8), 20% = 80.7 +/- 9.3 (41.3 +/- 4.5), and 30% = 102.5 +/- 10.3 (53.6 +/- 5.0). Test-retest variability of peak to peak (and negative peak amplitude) between repeated trials was 0.10 (0.14), 0.14 (0.14), 0.17 (0.15), and 0.21 (0.20) at 5%, 10%, 20%, and 30% respectively. A relationship was found between the S-MUAP amplitude and force (r2 = 0.78, df = 90, F = 160, P < 0.001). Increase in average S-MUAP amplitude with force suggests that STA performed only at low levels of contraction may result in a biased sampling and small average S-MUAP amplitudes.

authors

  • Conwit, Robin A
  • Tracy, Brian
  • Jamison, Chris
  • Mchugh, Megan
  • Stashuk, Dan
  • Brown, William
  • Metter, E Jeffrey

publication date

  • August 1997