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Mechanical performance and electromyography during repeated maximal isokinetic shoulder forward flexions in female cleaners with and without myalgia of the trapezius muscle and in healthy controls

Larsson, Britt LU ; Björk, Jonas LU ; Elert, J and Gerdle, B (2000) In European Journal of Applied Physiology 83(4-5). p.257-267
Abstract
This cross-sectional study aimed at investigating the influence of occupational exposure to static and highly repetitive work involving the neck and shoulder muscles, myalgia of and tender point in the trapezius muscle on biomechanical output, and electromyogram (EMG) variables (mean frequency MNF, signal amplitude and ability to relax) during maximal forward flexions of the shoulder muscles. Groups of 25 cleaners suffering from chronic myalgia of the trapezius muscle, 25 cleaners free from myalgia of the trapezius muscle and 21 teachers performed 150 forward flexions using an isokinetic dynamometer. Perception of fatigue was reported and surface EMG was recorded from four muscles during the endurance test. The cleaners were stronger than... (More)
This cross-sectional study aimed at investigating the influence of occupational exposure to static and highly repetitive work involving the neck and shoulder muscles, myalgia of and tender point in the trapezius muscle on biomechanical output, and electromyogram (EMG) variables (mean frequency MNF, signal amplitude and ability to relax) during maximal forward flexions of the shoulder muscles. Groups of 25 cleaners suffering from chronic myalgia of the trapezius muscle, 25 cleaners free from myalgia of the trapezius muscle and 21 teachers performed 150 forward flexions using an isokinetic dynamometer. Perception of fatigue was reported and surface EMG was recorded from four muscles during the endurance test. The cleaners were stronger than the teachers. Myalgia was associated with lower levels of endurance and a high degree of perceived fatigue. The ability to relax the trapezius muscle decreased with age and was even lower in cleaners with and without myalgia. Higher MNF of the deltoid muscle but not of the trapezius muscle was found in the group suffering from myalgia compared to the groups free from myalgia. This cross-sectional study indicated that myalgia of the trapezius muscle did not influence the strength but did influence the endurance of the forward flexor muscles of cleaners. The observed decrease in the ability to relax the trapezius muscle in cleaners compared to healthy teachers might be indicative of a future insufficiency in the muscle. Prospective studies are needed to define the significance of the results presented here. (Less)
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Women cleaners, Electromyography, Endurance and strength, Myalgia, Trapezius muscle
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European Journal of Applied Physiology
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257 - 267
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Springer
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10.1007/s004210000292
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  abstract     = {This cross-sectional study aimed at investigating the influence of occupational exposure to static and highly repetitive work involving the neck and shoulder muscles, myalgia of and tender point in the trapezius muscle on biomechanical output, and electromyogram (EMG) variables (mean frequency MNF, signal amplitude and ability to relax) during maximal forward flexions of the shoulder muscles. Groups of 25 cleaners suffering from chronic myalgia of the trapezius muscle, 25 cleaners free from myalgia of the trapezius muscle and 21 teachers performed 150 forward flexions using an isokinetic dynamometer. Perception of fatigue was reported and surface EMG was recorded from four muscles during the endurance test. The cleaners were stronger than the teachers. Myalgia was associated with lower levels of endurance and a high degree of perceived fatigue. The ability to relax the trapezius muscle decreased with age and was even lower in cleaners with and without myalgia. Higher MNF of the deltoid muscle but not of the trapezius muscle was found in the group suffering from myalgia compared to the groups free from myalgia. This cross-sectional study indicated that myalgia of the trapezius muscle did not influence the strength but did influence the endurance of the forward flexor muscles of cleaners. The observed decrease in the ability to relax the trapezius muscle in cleaners compared to healthy teachers might be indicative of a future insufficiency in the muscle. Prospective studies are needed to define the significance of the results presented here.},
  author       = {Larsson, Britt and Björk, Jonas and Elert, J and Gerdle, B},
  issn         = {1439-6327},
  keyword      = {Women cleaners,Electromyography,Endurance and strength,Myalgia,Trapezius muscle},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4-5},
  pages        = {257--267},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {European Journal of Applied Physiology},
  title        = {Mechanical performance and electromyography during repeated maximal isokinetic shoulder forward flexions in female cleaners with and without myalgia of the trapezius muscle and in healthy controls},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s004210000292},
  volume       = {83},
  year         = {2000},
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