THE EFFECT OF WALKING SPEED AND SKILL LEVELS ON ELBOW FLEXION AND UPPER LIMB EMG SIGNALS IN NORDIC WALKING: A PILOT STUDY

  • N. Petrone
  • M. Orsetti
  • G. Marcolin
Keywords: Nordic Walking, EMG, elbow flexion-extension angle, walking speed, skill

Abstract

Aims of the study were to evaluate the effect of the walking speed on the elbow’s range of motion and the EMG activity levels on eight upper limb muscles when performing level Nordic Walking in outdoor sessions. The study involved both skilled Nordic Walking instructors and unskilled beginners to highlight the effect of a correct technical execution on the elbow’s flexion angle and the EMG signals. All the subjects performed also level walking tests without poles at the same speeds of the NW tests: the EMG activation levels during walking were taken as control values of each subject to estimate the additional activation due to the poles.
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities