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Taian Martins Vieira; Alberto Botter
Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews. 49(1):23-34, January 2021
Issue: ESSR 49.1 article “The Accurate Assessment of Muscle Excitation Requires the Detection of Multiple Surface Electromyograms”
Authors: Taian Martins Vieira; Alberto Botter
Abstract: When sampling electromyograms (EMGs) with one pair of electrodes, it seems implicitly assumed the detected signal reflects the net muscle excitation. However, this assumption is discredited by observations of local muscle excitation. Therefore, we hypothesize that the accurate assessment of muscle excitation requires multiple EMG detection and consideration of electrode-fiber alignment. We advise prudence when drawing inferences from individually collected EMGs.
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Issue: ESSR 49.2 article "Massage as a Mechanotherapy for Skeletal Muscle"
Authors: Douglas W. Van Pelt, Marcus M. Lawrence, Benjamin F. Miller, Timothy A. Butterfield, and Esther E. Dupont-Versteegden
Abstract: Massage is anecdotally associated with many health benefits, but physiological and clinically relevant mechanisms recently have begun to be investigated in a controlled manner. Herein, we describe research supporting our hypothesis that massage can be used as a mechanotherapy imparting biologically relevant adaptations in skeletal muscle and improving muscle properties.