Surface Electromyography Analysis in Division 1 Female Soccer Players During Dynamic Movements

Faculty Sponsor

Kelly Helm


Arts and Sciences


Exercise Science

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-3-2019


The purpose of this study was to analyze muscle activation in dynamic movements through sEMG assessment in the right and left legs of female D1 freshman soccer players. The question to be answered was “What is the difference in muscle amplitude in right and left legs during dynamic movement as measured by sEMG?” Seven freshman female soccer players from a Northwest Indiana university participated in this study by completing dynamic movements. The participants were instructed to come to the study clean shaven as the electrodes were placed above the muscle belly. The dynamic movement analyzed in this study was the lateral double hop. In this movement the participants jumped back and forth laterally four times over an eight-inch hurdle. Statistical analysis showed no significant differences in the right and left legs of the female soccer players. The muscles included were the rectus femoris, tensor fasciae latae, adductor longus, lateral and medial gastrocnemius, and the lateral and medial vastus lateralis.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Tyler Curylo is a student-athlete at Valparaiso University on the mens soccer team from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has always had an interest in injury prevention as well as learning about muscle activation. Tyler is an exercise science major and eventually wants to pursue medical sales or go onto graduate school for occupational therapy. Tyler became interested in this topic when my advisor, Kelly Helm, brought it to my attention as they would be analyzing the female soccer players for all four years at Valparaiso. Tyler has enjoyed learning about surface electromyography and how to analyze the muscle activation during dynamic movements.

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