ELECTROMYOGRAPHICAL ANALYSIS OF LOWER EXTREMITY MUSCLE ACTIVATION DURING VARIATIONS OF THE LOADED STEP UP EXERCISE

  • C. Simenz
  • L. Garceau
  • B. Lutsch
  • T. Suchomel
  • W. Ebben
Keywords: gluteus medius, program design, ACL injury, women

Abstract

This study evaluated the biceps femoris, gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, rectus femoris, semitendonosus, vastus lateralis, and vastus medialis activation during four variations of the step up exercise. The exercises included the step up, crossover step up, diagonal step up, and lateral step up. Fifteen women who regularly engaged in lower body resistance training performed the four exercises with 6RM loads on a 45.72cm plyometric box. Data were collected with a telemetered EMG system, and RMS values were calculated for EMG data for eccentric and concentric phases. Results of a repeated measures ANOVA (p≤0.05) revealed a variety of differences in muscle activation between the exercises.