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    To all list members,

    I am searching for EMG studies of the lower leg muscles during running gait
    (and also during cycling as a lesser priority). There are an endless number
    of studies which have investigated tibialis anterior, gastroc and soleus
    function in varying contexts, but to my surprise I have found very few
    studies that investigate the activity of tibialis posterior, peroneus longus
    and brevis.

    I have searched web of science, Medline (full reference set) and sports
    discus. Interesting articles that I did find include:

    1.Reber, L., Perry, J., & Pink, M. (1993). Muscular control of the ankle in
    running. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 21, 805-810.

    2.Mann, R. A. (1986). Comparative electromyography of the lower extremity in
    jogging, running, and sprinting. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 14,

    Reber et al. used fine-wire EMG to investigate the function of gastroc,
    peroneus brevis (but not longus apparently), tib post, tib ant and soleus
    during running. Even in this study, few references were made to earlier
    studies that had recorded the patterning of muscles other than gastroc,
    soleus and tib ant.

    There appears to be some useful information in biomechanics and sports
    medicine textbooks in relation to running, and these I am still searching.
    But if anybody has any further articles/sources that may be useful, these
    would be much appreciated.

    thank you for your time

    I am more than happy to provide a summary of responses if others are

    Andrew Chapman
    PhD Candidate
    Department of Physiotherapy
    The University of Queensland
    St. Lucia, 4072, QLD, Australia.


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