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Investigating the distribution of back muscle activity during a fatiguing task in people with low back pain

Sanderson, Andy (2018) Investigating the distribution of back muscle activity during a fatiguing task in people with low back pain. In: University of Birmingham Graduate School Research Poster Conference 2018, 13th June 2018, University of Birmingham. (Unpublished)



People with chronic low back pain (CLBP) move differently and display changes in the activity of their back muscles, which may have implications for ongoing symptoms. Utilising a novel method to measure the distribution of back muscle activity, we investigated whether people with CLBP engage different regions of their back muscles during a sustained contraction. Back muscle activity was recorded from 13 people with CLBP and 13 healthy control participants as they completed a timed back extension endurance test until task failure. People with CLBP sustained the contraction for 95.6s less than the control participants. During the task, CLBP participants showed a lower level of activation of their back muscles and a lower level of redistribution of muscle activity over the task duration. These results show that the CLBP group used a different muscle strategy to perform the task, which may have relevance for ongoing pain and more rapid fatigue.

Type of Work:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
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Research Supervisor: Prof Deborah Falla, Dr Alison Rushton and Dr Nicola Heneghan

Date:13 June 2018
Series/Collection Name:Prizewinners from the Graduate School Research Poster Conference 2018
Subjects:Q Science > QM Human anatomy
Q Science > QP Physiology
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Copyright Status:This poster is copyright of the author and/or third parties. The intellectual property rights in respect of this work are as defined by The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 or as modified by any successor legislation. Any use made of information contained in this poster must be in accordance with that legislation and must be properly acknowledged.
Copyright Holders:The Author
ID Code:3118

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