Electromyographic assessment of muscle activity between genders during unilateral weight-bearing tasks using adjusted distances.

Author:  Bouillon LE

Researchers have observed differences in muscle activity patterns between males and females during functional exercises. The methods employed to examine muscle activity during functional activities have included various step heights and lunge distances, making gender comparisons difficult. The purpose of this study was to examine core and lower extremity muscle activity between genders during single-limb exercises using adjusted distances and step heights based on a percentage of a participant’s height. Muscle activation was found to be similar between females and males during the lunge, side-step, and step-down tasks with distances adjusted to leg length.

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