Soft-tissue vibrations in the quadriceps measured with skin mounted transducers

J Biomech. 2001 Apr;34(4):539-43. doi: 10.1016/s0021-9290(00)00203-7.


The purpose of this study was to develop a method to characterize the frequency and damping of vibrations in the soft tissues of the leg. Vibrations were measured from a surface-mounted accelerometer attached to the skin overlying the quadriceps muscles. The free vibrations in this soft tissue were recorded after impact whilst the muscle was performing isometric contractions at 0, 50, and 100% maximum voluntary force and with the knee held at 20, 40, and 60 degrees angles of flexion. The acceleration signals indicated that the soft tissue oscillated as under-damped vibrations. The frequency and damping coefficients for these vibrations were estimated from a model of sinusoidal oscillations with an exponential decay. This technique resolved the vibration coefficients to 2 and 7% of the mean values for frequency and damping, respectively.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Isometric Contraction / physiology
  • Knee / physiology
  • Knee Joint / physiology
  • Leg / physiology*
  • Linear Models
  • Male
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
  • Oscillometry
  • Posture
  • Skin Physiological Phenomena*
  • Torque
  • Transducers
  • Vibration*