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Allen Akers
02-22-1997, 06:28 AM
I have been searching for several months on information regarding
EMG differences in endurance athletes versus power athletes. I have found
very little in terms of differentiating athletes from non-athletes and none
in comparing different groups of athletes. I searched Medline and
SportDiscus, as well as searching backwards (issue by issue) through the
European Journal of Applied Physiology. I actually found more related
(though not as closely as I would like) studies than I did with my database
searches. Before I began the same issue-by-issue searches of other
journals, I decided to avail myself to the resources of the EMG experts on
the list who may be aware of other sources of relevant studies that aren't
as readily available.

The most closely related items I have found are actually studies on
the changes in rat soleus muscle EMG following adaptive responses to
unloading and muscle fiber EMG characteristics based on fiber type, located
on the Neuromuscular Research Center home page at Boston University.
Anyway, to make a long story longer, I am looking for information on proper
indices (if any have been defined) to differentiate EMG characteristics on
whole muscle (by way of surface EMG). I hope to develop a method for
differentiating between collegiate level endurance athletes and power
athletes by means of EMG characteristics. Any help would be appreciated.

Allen Akers, CSCS
Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation
University of North Texas