Simon Fraser University, BC

Study Details

What is the purpose of the research?

People with whiplash injuries commonly experience neck pain and changes in muscle activity …but not everyone with a whiplash injury is the same. The clinical examination by the physical therapist will help us to see if different clinical patterns fit with different changes in muscle activity in people with whiplash.

Understanding these differences (or similarities) should enable doctors and therapists to help people reduce pain and recover faster.

About EMG (electromyography)

Electrodes like these will be attached to your shoulders and calves to measure electricity from your muscles. No electricity passes between the electrodes and your muscles!

Image of electrodes

The electrodes and insulated wires will be taped to make sure they do not move too much. 

A participant wearing electrodes
The cables are attached to a device which magnifies the signal and passes it on to a  computer.

EMG Equipment

Once the EMG is set up you will be asked to do several very easy tasks including laying on your back, raising your arms while seated, rising up on your toes, standing quietly and the task shown below which involves marking target circles with a marker. 

A participnat performing the experiment
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