Archery performance level and repeatability of event-related EMG

The purpose of the current study was to compare the repeatability of electromyographic linear envelopes (LE) of archery groups. Surface electromyography (EMG) signals of musculus flexor digitorum superficialis (MFDS) and extensor digitorum (MED) of 23 participants (seven skilled, six beginner archers and ten non-archers) were recorded during archery shooting. Two-second periods (clicker falls at first second) of 12 shots’ EMG data were recorded, full-wave rectified and filtered (60 ms moving-average filter) for each participant’s drawing arm. Repeatability was investigated by using a statistical criterion, variance ratio (VR). Archers’ performances were evaluated in terms of FITA scores. The results showed that FITA scores were significantly correlated to the VRs of MFDS and MED. EMG LEs were more repeatable among archers than non-archers. Therefore, we inferred that VRs of MFDS and MED might be important variables for (a) assessing shooting techniques, (b) evaluation of archers’ progress, and (c) selection of talented archers.
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Subjects: biomechanics archery EMG competition selection technique muscle investigation method
Notations: endurance sports
DOI: 10.1016/j.humov.2006.05.002
Published in: Human Movement Science
Published: Elsevier 2006
Volume: 25
Issue: 6
Pages: 767-774
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced