Augmenting voluntary torque of healthy muscle by optimization of electrical stimulation

C. L. Soo, D. P. Currier, A. J. Threlkeld

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the ability of electrical stimulation (2,500-Hz sine waves, interrupted for 50 pulsed bursts per second) to improve muscle torque using low-dosage training characteristics. Fifteen healthy subjects (9 men, 6 women), 20 to 32 years of age, participated in the experiment. All subjects received electrical stimulation of the right anterior thigh musculature while their left leg served as the control. Electrical stimulation was repeated eight times per session, each stimulation producing isometric torque equal to 50% of the subject's maximum voluntary isometric contraction. The sessions were repeated twice a week over a period of five weeks. Results showed that electrical stimulation, when used with the specified low-dosage training characteristics of this study, will augment quadriceps femoris muscle torque of men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-337
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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