EMG and Inertial Assessments

An EMG (or electromyograph) assessments can tell us how and when your muscles are contracting during an exercise or athletic movement. It does this by measuring the small electrical signals that the muscles create when they contract. These assessments can be very usefulĀ  towards improving your performance and fitness goals by evaluating muscle imbalances and efficiencies. If you are recovering from an injury or surgery, an EMG assessment will give us the ability to assess how well the muscles are recovering and determine the best path towards optimal healing.

An inertial sensor is a small device that measures acceleration and angles in 3 directions. This sensor can be attached to a piece of equipment or your body to assess how it's moving. By combining your muscle activation level obtained by EMG with an inertial sensor, we get valuable information that can tell us how your muscles move and stabilize your body during a variety of movements. For example, this information can determine if you are at risk of another ACL tear, identify strength and stamina asymmetries between the left and right sides, examine optimal muscle activation patterns, and determine individual muscle critical fatigue thresholds that may be affecting performance.

FUNCTIONAL PROTOCOLS

Identify muscle activation patterns that can affect movement and contribute to injury or inefficient movements.

RETURN TO PLAY AND FUNCTION

Determine if your muscles can react symmetrically and appropriately to protect against future injury.

SPORT AND PERFORMANCE SPECIFIC

Record and measure specific activation patterns and movement specific to your sport or performance.

MUSCLE AND TRAINING SPECIFIC SPECIFIC

Evaluate exercise efficiency and target specific muscle activation through proper exercise technique and selection. Match your exercise selection and execution to a movement or performance to insure maximum sport and performance specificity for quicker results.

Please note these protocols will not be used to diagnose any pathology based on the results of the assessment or observation.