The problem of the identification of the muscle contraction timing by using surface electromyographic signal is addressed. The timing detection of the muscular activation in dynamic conditions has a real clinical diagnostic impact. Widely used single threshold methods still rely on the experience of the operator in manually setting that threshold. A new approach to detect the muscular activation intervals, that is based on discontinuities detection in the wavelet domain, is proposed. Accuracy and precision of the algorithm were assessed by using a set of simulated signals obtaining values lower than 11.0 and 8.7 ms for biases and standard deviations of the estimation, respectively. Moreover an experimental application of the algorithm was carried out recruiting a population of 10 able-bodied subjects and processing the myoelectric signals recorded from the lower limb during an isokinetic exercise. The algorithm was able to reveal correctly the timing of muscular activation with performance comparable to the state-of-the-art methods. The detection algorithm is automatic and user-independent, it manages the detection of both onset and offset activation, it can be fruitfully applied even in presence of noise and, therefore, it can be used also by unskilled operators. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Titolo:||Automatic detection of surface EMG activation timing using a wavelet transform based method|
|Autori interni:||CONFORTO, SILVIA|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Rivista:||JOURNAL OF ELECTROMYOGRAPHY AND KINESIOLOGY|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|