Pillar One: Kinesiological Electromyography – a practical guide to intelligent systems and assessment

Pillar One: Kinesiological Electromyography – a practical guide to intelligent systems and assessment

Building on its popular Biomechanics 101 Introduction, Noraxon turns it attention to the fundamental pillar of biomechanics: electromyography, or EMG. This informative session covers signal origin, acquisition, processing and analysis for a comprehensive and practical understanding of EMG research and assessment.

In addition to basic physiological and biomechanical studies, kinesiological EMG is an established evaluation tool for applied research, physiotherapy/rehabilitation, sports medicine and performance, and interactions of the human body with industrial products and work conditions.

The use of EMG starts with the basic question: “What are the muscles doing?” With the proper study/evaluation design, tools and procedures, important information follows:

  • Measurement of muscle performance
  • Precise data that supports pre- and post-surgical decision-making
  • “Finding” and “training” muscles
  • Reporting and analysis for injury treatment and return to sport and performance objectives
  • Detection and documenting muscle response in ergonomic conditions

Using a series of research and clinical application examples, our presenters discuss the role of EMG within biomechanical studies and cases, summarizing selected scientific concepts, comparing and contrasting protocols and systems used, as well as highlighting appropriate experimental technique.

Key topics covered during this webinar include:

  • The nature of the EMG signal; detection, amplification, artifacts
  • EMG as a biomechanical assessment method: analysis questions, test standardization
  • Typical signal processing procedures
  • The concept and practice of Maximum Voluntary Contraction (MVC)
  • How to move into the future with advanced research and clinical assessment techniques using the latest, intelligent multi-modal systems

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Coleman Bessert

Director of Biomechanics
Noraxon USA

Coleman Bessert received his MS in Bioengineering from Arizona State University, along with basic mechanical, quality and microfluids engineering training. His personal mission is to be a catalyst in leading biomechanics research methodologies and best practices into the applied science community of clinicians, specialists, and sports scientists. Currently serving as Director of Biomechanics at Noraxon USA, applies his broad background in biomedical engineering, kinesiology, kinematic and kinetic analysis, wearable electronics, biometric monitoring, and movement training methodology to Noraxon’s biomechanics research and development initiatives.

Erin Feser

Lecturer in Exercise Science & Health Promotion
Arizona State University

Erin is responsible for the biomechanics curriculum for the large and well-established Kinesiology undergraduate degree program at ASU. With dozens of courses designed and taught both in-person and online, Erin incorporates multi-modal assessment technologies for practical and broad evaluations of human movement. Erin holds a BA in Health and Fitness and a MS in Exercise and Health Studies. Her personal background includes competitive gymnastics coaching, collegiate strength and conditioning, and small group fitness.