Applied Bionics and Biomechanics

Muscle Synergies: Use and Validation in Clinics, Robotics, and Sports


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1University “Tuscia”, Viterbo, Italy

2Arizona State University, Arizona, USA

3Temple University, Philadelphia, USA

4Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy


Muscle Synergies: Use and Validation in Clinics, Robotics, and Sports

Description

Understanding how the human brain generates neural commands to control muscles during motor tasks still arouses great interest and curiosity among researchers. Surface electromyography represents the most widespread methodology to analyze the muscle activity due to a noninvasive technique. In the last decades, the factorization of the EMG signals by means of muscle synergies has been proposed in order to understand the neurophysiological mechanisms related to the Central Nervous System ability in reducing the dimensionality of the muscle control. The EMG factorization is used in several research fields, such as gait analysis to discriminate patients with pathologies, robotics to implement specific EMG-based controllers, and sports to prevent possible injury and to evaluate motor performance. The reliability of the muscle synergy factorization still remains an open challenge and its objective validation is needed to give an insight breakthrough in the previous research fields.

The aim of this special issue is to collect original research articles on the recent methodologies adopted to analyze EMG signals and to estimate the muscle synergy parameters during motor tasks. The issue will publish studies focused on the evaluation of reliability and robustness of muscle synergies to permit their aware use and on their applications in clinical routine, robotics, and sports. Original research contributions as well as review articles are welcome. Original contributions that are not yet published or that are not currently under review by other journals or peer-reviewed conferences are sought.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Innovative algorithms for the extraction of muscle synergies from EMG signals
  • Innovative algorithms to detect useful EMG parameters
  • Guidelines of EMG postprocessing to ensure repeatability and reproducibility of the muscle synergies
  • Development of robot controllers based on EMG parameters or muscle synergies
  • Use of EMG parameters and muscle synergies as indices capable of discriminating different pathologies and/or different pathology severity
  • Application of EMG analysis and muscle synergies in sports
  • Validation of the muscle synergy theory by means of electroencephalography signals, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and so on

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 6345256
  • - Editorial

Muscle Synergies: Use and Validation in Clinics, Robotics, and Sports

Stefano Rossi | Panagiotis K. Artemiadis | ... | Valentina Agostini
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 6067807
  • - Research Article

Upper Limb Neuromuscular Activities and Synergies Comparison between Elite and Nonelite Athletics in Badminton Overhead Forehand Smash

Hamidreza Barnamehei | Farhad Tabatabai Ghomsheh | ... | Majid Pouladian
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 5852307
  • - Research Article

On the Reliability and Repeatability of Surface Electromyography Factorization by Muscle Synergies in Daily Life Activities

Juri Taborri | Eduardo Palermo | ... | Stefano Rossi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 5637568
  • - Research Article

The Effects of Selective Muscle Weakness on Muscle Coordination in the Human Arm

Jinsook Roh | Randall F. Beer | ... | William Z. Rymer
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 6592357
  • - Research Article

Comparison of Modular Control during Smash Shot between Advanced and Beginner Badminton Players

Naoto Matsunaga | Koji Kaneoka
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 3795754
  • - Review Article

Using a Module-Based Analysis Framework for Investigating Muscle Coordination during Walking in Individuals Poststroke: A Literature Review and Synthesis

Bryant A. Seamon | Richard R. Neptune | Steven A. Kautz
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 4759232
  • - Research Article

Effect of Task Failure on Intermuscular Coherence Measures in Synergistic Muscles

Anna Margherita Castronovo | Cristiano De Marchis | ... | Giacomo Severini
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 7647562
  • - Research Article

Assessing User Transparency with Muscle Synergies during Exoskeleton-Assisted Movements: A Pilot Study on the LIGHTarm Device for Neurorehabilitation

Andrea Chiavenna | Alessandro Scano | ... | Franco Molteni
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 3629347
  • - Research Article

Comparison of Initialization Techniques for the Accurate Extraction of Muscle Synergies from Myoelectric Signals via Nonnegative Matrix Factorization

Mumtaz Hussain Soomro | Silvia Conforto | ... | Cristiano De Marchis
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 3615368
  • - Review Article

A Systematic Review on Muscle Synergies: From Building Blocks of Motor Behavior to a Neurorehabilitation Tool

Rajat Emanuel Singh | Kamran Iqbal | ... | Tarun Edgar Hutchinson
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