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Muscle Function Analysis

Figure from experiment 15 from Human Physiology with Vernier

Introduction

Muscle tissues maintain electrical imbalances, or potentials, across cell membranes by concentrating positive or negative charges on opposite sides of those membranes. These potentials are a form of stored energy. With activation (such as from a nerve impulse), the ions are allowed to cross the muscle cell membranes, generating electrical activity and resulting in muscle contraction.

An electromyogram, or EMG, is a graphical recording of electrical activity within muscles. It is useful in the diagnosis of disorders affecting muscles and the nerves that supply them. Inherited and acquired disorders of muscles (such as the muscular dystrophies), and disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems (such as Huntington’s disease and diabetic neuropathy) result in abnormal EMG readings.

Objectives

In this experiment, you will

  • Obtain graphical representation of the electrical activity of a muscle.
  • Associate muscle activity with movement of joints.
  • Correlate muscle activity with injury.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Standards Correlations

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Experiment 15 from Human Physiology with Vernier Lab Book

<i>Human Physiology with Vernier</i> book cover

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