Objective: Motor-related cortical potentials (MRCP) often compared separated muscle activations; however, MRCP preceding combined contraction onsets and relaxation offsets of one consecutive motor task sequence remain to be elucidated. Methods: Twelve healthy males (27.92±4.33 years, 181.83±7.15 cm, 84.58±7.15 kg) performed 40 submaximal isometric right-limb wrist flexions (i.e. motor task sequences). Each motor task sequence combined timed contractions to and relaxations from distinct torque levels, i.e. 20% and 40% of maximum voluntary contractions (MVC). Synchronized continuous EEG (32 Ag/AgCl-electrodes mounted over motor-related areas) and EMG (i.e. flexor carpi radialis, FCR) recordings served to detect torque level-on/offsets for MRCP analyses. Results: Motor task sequences were accurately maintained with participants’ mean values of FCR muscle activity revealing no signs of fatigue (p>0.05). Main findings (i.e. readiness potential) were larger amplitudes over frontal electrode sites (p<0.05) preceding contractions compared to relaxations, whereas amplitudes were larger (i.e. peak) over centro-parietal electrode sites (p<0.05) preceding 40% compared to 20% MVC. Conclusion: When performed in one consecutive motor task sequence, controlling the production as well as the releasing of force may require similar proprioceptive and visuo-motor processing preceding the same force level (i.e. 20% or 40%); however, this is irrespective of the muscle activation type (i.e. contraction or relaxation).
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Musculoskeletal Neuronal Interactions|
|Publication status||Published - 2018 Mar|
- Readiness potential
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine