A comparison of the mechanical properties of the first dorsal interosseous in the dominant and non-dominant hand

Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol. 1984;53(1):17-20. doi: 10.1007/BF00964683.


The electrically evoked and voluntary contractile properties of the first dorsal interosseous muscle were measured on both hands in 10 healthy adults. The force of abduction of the index finger interosseous muscle was measured using a transducer resting against the lateral side of the proximal interphalangeal joint. The mean values of time to peak tension measured on the dominant hands were significantly slower than the values on the non-dominant hands (P less than 0.01) in a paired t-test. Maximal tetanic tension, maximal voluntary contraction strength, and maximal twitch tension are not significantly different. Fatigue indices on the dominant hands in each subject were higher than those on the non-dominant hands. The correlation coefficient between fatigue indices on the dominant and the non-dominant hand was 0.92 (P less than 0.01).

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Evoked Potentials
  • Functional Laterality / physiology*
  • Hand / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscle Contraction*