Different effect of height on latency of leg and foot short- and medium-latency EMG responses to perturbation of stance in humans

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In standing humans, platform perturbations evoked short- (SLR) and medium-latency responses (MLR) in soleus (Sol), tibialis anterior (TA) and flexor digitorum brevis (FDB) muscles. The latency of all responses significantly increased with subjects' height. The slope of the regression lines for the MLRs versus height was significantly steeper than that for the SLRs. The conduction velocity of the efferent fibres mediating the FDB MLR, calculated on the basis of the regression, was 17.5 m/s. These findings indicate that the MLRs are transmitted through efferent fibres slower than those mediating the SLRs. While the latter fibres are spindle group Ia afferents, the former are suggested to be group II fibres.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-92
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 15 1996



  • EMG
  • Height
  • Human
  • Postural perturbation
  • Spindle group II afferents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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