Interactivity, Game Creation, Design, Learning, and Innovation. 6th International Conference, ArtsIT 2017, and Second International Conference, DLI 2017, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, October 30–31, 2017, Proceedings

Research Article

The Influence of Biofeedback on Exercise Correctness and Muscle Activity

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-76908-0_14,
        author={Laurentiu Toader and Nicolai Jensen and Michael Holte},
        title={The Influence of Biofeedback on Exercise Correctness and Muscle Activity},
        proceedings={Interactivity, Game Creation, Design, Learning, and Innovation. 6th International Conference, ArtsIT 2017, and Second International Conference, DLI 2017, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, October 30--31, 2017, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={ARTSIT \& DLI},
        year={2018},
        month={3},
        keywords={Biofeedback EMG Exercise correctness Fitness Muscle activity},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-76908-0_14}
    }
    
  • Laurentiu Toader
    Nicolai Jensen
    Michael Holte
    Year: 2018
    The Influence of Biofeedback on Exercise Correctness and Muscle Activity
    ARTSIT & DLI
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-76908-0_14
Laurentiu Toader1,*, Nicolai Jensen1,*, Michael Holte1,*
  • 1: Aalborg University Esbjerg
*Contact email: ltoade12@student.aau.dk, nbkj12@student.aau.dk, mbh@create.aau.dk

Abstract

This paper examines the effect of an electromyography (EMG) biofeedback fitness application, and its potential to improve resistance training and exercise execution using the measure of muscle activity. To examine this, an application was built and tested using biceps curl as the reference exercise. The participants were divided into three conditions: the first condition did not receive any feedback, the second condition received feedback from a personal trainer, and the last used the feedback presented by the application. The focus is to investigate the participant’s ability to activate muscle fibres in the biceps, and improve the execution in regards to minimising the shoulder involvement over three sets. The results of the study do not provide any statistically significant improvements using biofeedback versus no feedback. However, the participants with the applicational support, as well as the participants within the personal trainer condition, show a slight improvement on the visual correctness of the exercise execution. The lack of statistically significance, important observations and indications are discussed.