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pthain51
12-05-2009, 09:24 PM
Dear All,

I am currently conducting a study on reaction time and muscle activity during an ankle perturbation, using a tilt platform simulating a lateral ankle sprain mechanism.

When calculating EMG magnitude, are MVIC's required?

In numerous research papers conducting similar studies, MVIC's have not been used although they have not stated why. I would suggest a rationale that the reaction time occurs in a period of miiliseconds, far quicker than conscious control allows. I feel that performing static MVIC's does not reflect muscle activity during forced dynamic movements.

Any thoughts or opinions would be of great help

Thank you in advance.

Peter Thain

Postgraduate MSc by Research Student
University of Hertfordshire
England, UK
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