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L02 Electromyography II

Motor Unit Recruitment and Fatigue

BSL EMG lesson II explores the role of skeletal muscle in performing mechanical tasks. The lesson uses a hand dynamometer to demonstrate the use of skeletal muscle when recording the maximum grip strength for both hands and also allows students to record EMG while inducing muscle fatigue. The system will automatically calibrate the hand dynamometer and scale the force values to kilograms for the electromyogram. Students will see the level of motor unit recruitment associated with the precise amount of applied force.

Experimental Objectives

  1. To determine the maximum grip strength for the right versus the left hands and compare the differences between male and female.
  2. To observe, record and correlate motor unit recruitment with the increased power of skeletal muscle contraction.
  3. To record the force produced by grip muscles, EMG, and integrated EMG when inducing fatigue.

Tasks Performed by the Student

BSL Lessons are designed to allow at least four students to record and save data in a normal lab period (60-90 minutes). Typically, labs work most efficiently with three or more students working together at each BSL station.


BSL L02 Cal SS25L

BSL L02 Cal SS25LA

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Lesson Hardware

This lesson requires a Biopac Student Lab (BSL) System and the following hardware. If your BSL System does not include all hardware items, expand your system by selecting required items below. For more details, review the Lesson: L# BSL Lessons - see the Lab Manual or launch BSL; A# and H# BSL PRO Lessons, click the PDF link above to review full setup, recording, and analysis procedures.

Item Name Cart
Select Option Hand Dynamometer - MP3X Add to Cart
SS2LB Lead set, shielded, BSL Add to Cart
EL503 Disp. Gen-purp electrode 100/pk Add to Cart
GEL1 Electrode gel 50 g Add to Cart
ELPAD Abrasive Pads 10/pk Add to Cart
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