Journal article

Muscle activity amplitudes and co-contraction during stair ambulation following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

Michelle Hall, Catherine A Stevermer, Jason C Gillette

JOURNAL OF ELECTROMYOGRAPHY AND KINESIOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare muscle activity amplitudes and co-contraction in those with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction to healthy controls during stair negotiation. Eighteen participants with unilateral ACL reconstruction and 17 healthy controls performed stair ascent and descent while surface electromyography was recorded from knee and hip musculature. During stair ascent, the ACL group displayed higher gluteus maximus activity (1-50% stance, p = 0.02), higher vastus lateralis:biceps femoris co-contraction (51-100% stance, p = 0.01), and higher vastus lateralis:vastus medialis co-contraction (51-100% stance, p = 0.05). During stair descent, the ACL group demons..

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