Award Date

1-1-1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Kinesiology

First Committee Member

Mark Hoffman

Number of Pages

61

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if differences in EMG activity existed between fast and slow contraction speeds during isolated, one-armed biceps curls to muscle failure. Participants performed one set of biceps curls to muscular failure on two separate occasions at different contraction speeds. Constant load equal to 75% of 1RM was used for each test. The dependent variables were integrated EMG (iEMG), percent change in mean frequency, and time to muscular failure. Integrated EMG measurements revealed significantly greater muscle activity for the slow contractions (t = 4.76, p {dollar}<{dollar}.001). The time to muscular failure also showed significant differences having the fast contraction speed achieve muscle failure faster than the slow contraction speed (t = 5.23, p {dollar}<{dollar}.001). The comparison of frequency data failed to reach significance. A significant correlation (r =.514) was determined for iEMG and time to muscular failure. These results suggest that differences exist in iEMG and time to muscle failure between fast and slow contraction speeds.

Keywords

Comparison; Contractions; Electromyography; Fast; Slow; Speeds

Controlled Subject

Physical therapy; Biomedical engineering; Physiology

File Format

pdf

File Size

1720.32 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/v0q1-xt5o


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