Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
Cioni R., Giannini F., Paradiso C., Battistini N., Navona C., Starita A. Sex differences in surface EMG interference pattern power spectrum. In: Journal of Applied Physiology, vol. 77 (5) pp. 2163 - 2168. American Physiological Society, 1994.
Sex differences in the spectral parameters of the surface electromyogram (EMG) power spectrum were studied during voluntary muscle contractions of different strength with rest in between. The influence of two different types of leads (unipolar and bipolar) on the values of the spectral parameters was also investigated under the same experimental conditions. The subjects were 15 healthy female and 15 healthy male volunteers. The relationship between the amplitude (root mean square) of the EMG and the force developed was not linear. The mean values of the median power frequency were lower in women than in men. With both types of lead, the increase in force was accompanied by a progressive increase in median power frequency in male and female subjects. The significant differences in spectral parameters observed in the two sexes are probably correlated with anatomic differences.
Subject electromyography
muscle contraction
spectral parameters
J.3 Life and Medical Sciences

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