Volume 7 (2018) Pages 47-54
Simultaneous measurements of mechanomyogram (MMG) and electromyogram (EMG) may be useful for accurate evaluation of skeletal muscle contraction. However, unlike the EMG, the MMG is rarely used in clinical tests. As the target muscle has to be fixed during conventional MMG measurements, it is not possible to measure MMG during dynamic exercises such as sports and rehabilitation. To solve these problems, the authors developed an MMG (displacement-MMG)/EMG hybrid transducer system that allows simultaneous MMG and EMG measurements. Furthermore, we also developed an analysis method that is able to evaluate muscle contraction using the power spectra of each signal. The measurement system and the analysis method were applied to recumbent bicycle pedaling, during which work rate was increased incrementally. The results showed that this transducer system provided MMG/EMG measurements stably during dynamic exercise. When the work rate of the bicycle pedaling increased; that is, when the dynamic muscle strength increased, the sum of the power spectra of the MMG/EMG also increased. The MMG/EMG hybrid transducer system and the analysis method were useful for evaluating muscle strength during dynamic exercise.