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Title: An indirect method to estimate the force output of triceps surae muscle
Authors: Li, J
Zhou, Y
Zheng, YP
Issue Date: 2014
Source: 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014, 2014, 6944954, p. 5832-5835
Abstract: Estimation of force output generated by human muscle is an essential routine of clinical rehabilitation assessment, and could provide considerable insight into rehabilitation, motor control and robotics. Indirect methods for the estimation of force output could be helpful when a bulky and expensive dynamometer is not on hand. Electromyography has been used in previous studies to quantify it in the literature. However, the force output is a summation of the motor unit action potentials, and thus the contributions and performances of superficial and deep-lying muscles could hardly be separated from each other. In this preliminary study, we applied ultrasonography (US) to explore the feasibility of estimating triceps surae force output during isometric plantar flexion with spatial resolution from superficial to deeper muscles. The local deformations of US images are extracted to represent the morphological changes during force generation. It was found US could be utilized to decently (coefficient of determination at 0.875 ± 0.051 and normalized root mean square error 0.160 ± 0.035) estimate the force output and the measured force by a dynamometer.
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN: 9781424479290
DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2014.6944954
Description: 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014, 26-30 August 2014
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