A surface EMG test tool to measure proportional prosthetic control

Agnes Sturma, Aidan D Roche, Peter Göbel, Malvina Herceg, Nan Ge, Veronika Fialka-Moser, Oskar Aszmann

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In upper limb amputees, prosthetic control training is recommended before and after fitting. During rehabilitation, the focus is on selective proportional control signals. For functional monitoring, many different tests are available. None can be used in the early phase of training. However, an early assessment is needed to judge if a patient has the potential to control a certain prosthetic set-up. This early analysis will determine if further training is needed or if other strategies would be more appropriate. Presented here is a tool that is capable of predicting achievable function in voluntary EMG control. This tool is applicable to individual muscle groups to support preparation of training and fitting. In four of five patients, the sEMG test tool accurately predicted the suitability for further myoelectric training based on SHAP outcome measures. (P1: "Poor" function in the sEMG test tool corresponded to 54/100 in the SHAP test; P2: Good: 85; P3: Good: 81; P4: Average: 78). One patient scored well during sEMG testing, but was unmotivated during SHAP testing. (Good: 50) Therefore, the surface EMG test tool may predict achievable control skills to a high extent, validated with the SHAP, but requires further clinical testing to validate this technique.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-13
Number of pages7
JournalBiomedical Engineering / Biomedizinische Technik
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015


  • Adult
  • Amputees/rehabilitation
  • Artificial Limbs
  • Electromyography/methods
  • Humans


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