SUP EMG Research

Electromyography (EMG) is a biomedical technology that measures and studies the electrical activity generated when muscles contract.

The brain sends messages through the nervous system to produce movement. Motor neurons receive these transmissions and stimulate muscles to act. This process generates electrical fields which are recorded by the EMG system. EMG has been used extensively to study sports such as cycling, rowing, and olympic kayaking. We applied this technology to analyze SUP.

In 2013, SUPLOGIX partnered with BTS Bioengineering and Rutgers University to conduct a prototype Wireless EMG study of stand up paddle boarding.

BTS Bioengineering has revolutionized the use of EMG by developing a wireless technology called FREE EMG. The wireless electrodes can transmit a signal back to the main unit from a distance of up to 50 meters – ideal for the analysis of sport.

SUP EMG Research

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Electromyography (EMG) is a biomedical technology that measures and studies the electrical activity generated when muscles contract.

Following established protocols, the sites for electrode placement are carefully prepared. A physical therapist and a bioengineer use muscle testing, palpation, and international EMG standards to determine the target probe location of the muscles to be analyzed. The wireless BTS FREE EMG system allows test subjects to paddle with full range of motion.

Biofeedback

The EMG signals recorded by the probes from the electrodes are transmitted to a computer that shows immediate feedback of the electrical activity in the muscle. BTS software organizes the data to identify exactly which muscles are working and to what level as the subject is paddling.We conducted the initial prototype project to test the use of wireless electromyography to study actual on-­water SUP paddling. Once the success of the system was established, we were ready to study elite SUP athletes.