Ganesh R. Naik, Dinesh K. Kumar and Sridhar P. Arjunan
In Proceedings of 31st IEEE EMBS Annual International conference, 3-6 Sept. 2009 , Minneapolis, MN, USA , Pages 360-363.
Publication year: 2009

Spectral compression of surface electromyogram (sEMG) is associated with onset of localized muscle fatigue. The spectral compression has been explained based on motor unit synchronization theory. According to this theory, motor units are pseudo randomly excited during muscle contraction, and with the onset of muscle fatigue the recruitment pattern changes such that motor unit firings become more synchronized. While this is widely accepted, there is little experimental proof of this phenomenon. This paper has used source dependence measures developed in research related to independent component analysis (ICA) to test this theory.