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An electromyographic comparison of neck conditioning exercises in healthy controls

Burnett, Angus F., Coleman, Jemma L. and Netto, Kevin 2008, An electromyographic comparison of neck conditioning exercises in healthy controls, Journal of strength and conditioning research, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 447-454.

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Title An electromyographic comparison of neck conditioning exercises in healthy controls
Author(s) Burnett, Angus F.
Coleman, Jemma L.
Netto, Kevin
Journal name Journal of strength and conditioning research
Volume number 22
Issue number 2
Start page 447
End page 454
Publisher Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
Place of publication Lincoln, Neb.
Publication date 2008-03
ISSN 1064-8011
1533-4287
Keyword(s) thera-band
cybex
strength
rehabilitation
intensity
Summary The purpose of this study was to compare surface electromyography (EMG) activation levels of selected neck muscles for two common neck-training modalities (Thera-Band and Cybex). Seventeen asymptomatic subjects (eight men and nine women) with a mean age 23.4 years were recruited. EMG activation normalized to maximal voluntary isometric contraction (MVIC) was measured with subjects performing exercises with green, blue, and black Thera-Bands and 50%, 70%, and 90% of 3RM for the Cybex modality. Four variables were used to depict exercise intensity: average and peak EMG activation in the concentric and eccentric phases. Significant differences (P <= 0.05) in EMG activation were evident when comparing intensities of the Cybex modality with each other and when comparing the Cybex intensities with Thera-Band intensities in most cases. Minimal differences were found among differing intensities of Thera-Band. Thera-Band exercise resulted in low-level EMG activation (range, flexion 3.8-15.7% MVIC; range, extension 20.2-34.8% MVIC); therefore, such exercise may be useful in rehabilitation programs. Cybex exercise (range, flexion 20.9-83.5% MVIC; range, extension 40.6-95.8% MVIC) may be useful for occupation-related injury prevention. However, exercise prescription should be undertaken with care as the mechanical loading on passive spinal structures is unknown.
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Language eng
Field of Research 110601 Biomechanics
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, National Strength and Conditioning Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017579

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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