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How many strides are required for the analysis of electromyographic data in gait?

A B Arsenault, D A Winter, R G Marteniuk, K C Hayes
DOI: 10.2340/16501977198618133135


This study was conducted to obtain information on the number of strides of EMG data needed per subject in a gait study. Ten strides of EMG data were cumulated on eight subjects for each of the soleus, rectus femoris, biceps femoris, vastus medialis and tibialis anterior muscles. The linear envelope of the EMG, normalized in time and amplitude, demonstrated a very high level of stability for a given subject, relative to the variability that was found across subjects. It was concluded that three strides of EMG data per subject provides information as reliable as that obtained from twelve strides.

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