Synergistic Parameters of Motor Adaptation in Variable Resistance Cycling Activities

A. M. Pertusa, I. Vujaklija, R. M. Sánchez-Pérez, E. Iáñez, A. Costa, A. Úbeda*

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Muscle synergies are a promising assessment tool in motor rehabilitation. In this study, we propose a basic experimental framework with minimum instrumentation and experiment duration for the evaluation of muscle synergies that can be easily translated to clinical application. To that end, we analyze synergistic parameters in cycling activities under different force constraints by modifying the resistance level of a stationary bike. Results suggest that the contribution of specific motor primitives changes with resistance as a result of motor adaptation to greater physical effort. In addition, we observe changes in the contribution of the different muscular groups, particularly the muscles of the posterior chain. These are interesting findings that are likely to be altered in patients with pathological motor conditions and thus can potentially serve as clinical biomarkers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConverging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation IV
EditorsDiego Torricelli, Metin Akay, Jose L. Pons
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-70316-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-70315-8
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventInternational Conference on NeuroRehabilitation - Virtual, Online
Duration: 13 Oct 202016 Oct 2020
Conference number: 5

Publication series

NameBiosystems and Biorobotics
ISSN (Print)2195-3562
ISSN (Electronic)2195-3570


ConferenceInternational Conference on NeuroRehabilitation
Abbreviated titleICNR
CityVirtual, Online


  • Cycling
  • Electromyography
  • Muscle synergies
  • Rehabilitation


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