Cross-correlation analyses of mechanomyographic signals from the superficial quadriceps femoris muscles during concentric and eccentric isokinetic muscle actions

Joel T. Cramer, T. J. Housh, J. P. Weir, K. T. Ebersole, S. R. Perry-Rana, A. J. Bull, G. O. Johnson

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The purpose of this investigation was to examine the cross-correlation coefficients of mechanomyographic (MMG) signals recorded from the vastus lateralis (VL), rectus femoris (RF), and vastus medialis (VM) muscles during maximal, concentric and eccentric isokinetic muscle actions. Eleven females (mean±SD age = 21±1 yr) performed such muscle actions of the leg extensors at 60°-s-1 on a Cybex 6000 dynamometer. MMG signals were sampled simultaneously from the VL, RF, and VM at 1000 Hz by piezoelectric crystal contact sensors. Peak composite cross-correlation coefficients (rxy) and common variances (rxy2) were determined for each between-muscle comparison (VL vs. RF, VL vs. VM, and RF vs. VM). The results indicated peak cross-correlation coefficients ranging from rxy = 0.38 to 0.52, while common variances (rxy2) between signals ranged from 14% to 27% across all time lags (τ = -50 ⋯ +50). In conjunction with other studies, these results suggested that despite the potential for some cross-talk, MMG measurements can be used to examine differences between the patterns of MMG amplitude and frequency responses of the superficial quadriceps femoris muscles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-300
Number of pages8
JournalElectromyography and Clinical Neurophysiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)

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