Effects of different fatigue locations on upper body kinematics and inter-joint coordination in a repetitive pointing task

Autoři: Chen Yang aff001;  Samuel Leitkam aff001;  Julie N. Côté aff001
Působiště autorů: Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada aff001;  Occupational Biomechanics and Ergonomics Laboratory, Michael Feil and Ted Oberfeld/CRIR Research Centre, Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital, Laval, Quebec, Canada aff002
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(12)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0227247


Studies have shown that muscle fatigue can lead to posture, joint angle, inter-joint coordination and variability alterations. However, the three-dimensional kinematic effects of localized muscular fatigue on a multijoint movement remain unclear. Healthy young adults (N = 17, 10 females) performed a standing repetitive pointing task when they were non-fatigued, and after localized muscle fatigue was induced at the elbow, the shoulder, and the trunk using isometric protocols performed until exhaustion. Joint angles and angular standard deviation (SD) of trunk, shoulder and elbow, and continuous relative phase (CRP) and CRP SD between trunk and shoulder, and shoulder and elbow were computed and compared between fatigue conditions. Results showed that trunk lateral flexion SD increased after fatigue of the elbow (0.1°, p = 0.04), shoulder (0.1°, p = 0.04) and trunk (0.1°, p<0.01). However, fatigue at different muscles brought different kinematic changes. Shoulder fatigue induced the greatest overall changes, with angular changes at all three joints. Trunk fatigue increased the shoulder horizontal abduction SD, elbow flexion SD and trunk-shoulder CRP. Elbow fatigue induced angular changes at trunk, shoulder and elbow, but did not affect CRP or CRP SD. This study highlights the crucial role of trunk variability in compensating for localized muscle fatigue during a repetitive upper limb task performed while standing.

Klíčová slova:

Body limbs – Fatigue – Kinematics – Material fatigue – Musculoskeletal system – Shoulders – Skeletal joints


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