Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation

, 9:24

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A novel approach to surface electromyography: an exploratory study of electrode-pair selection based on signal characteristics

  • Cynthia KendellAffiliated withThe Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre Email author 
  • , Edward D LemaireAffiliated withThe Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre
  • , Yves LosierAffiliated withInstitute of Biomedical Engineering, UNB
  • , Adam WilsonAffiliated withInstitute of Biomedical Engineering, UNB
  • , Adrian ChanAffiliated withDepartment of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University
  • , Bernie HudginsAffiliated withInstitute of Biomedical Engineering, UNB


A 3 × 4 electrode array was placed over each of seven muscles and surface electromyography (sEMG) data were collected during isometric contractions. For each array, nine bipolar electrode pairs were formed off-line and sEMG parameters were calculated and evaluated based on repeatability across trials and comparison to an anatomically placed electrode pair. The use of time-domain parameters for the selection of an electrode pair from within a grid-like array may improve upon existing electrode placement methodologies.


Surface electromyography Electrode array Time-domain parameters Frequency-domain parameters