Note ifthe Lab Quest disconnects from the iPad, tap "connect"again and reselect it.If that does not work, turn off the Lab Quest and turn it back on to reinitiate the Bluetooth connection.Subject should not have on jewelry or watches or have their cell phones on or near them as it can interfere with the electrical signals detected by the devices.8
Collect your Data:1.Have the subject sit comfortably in a chair that is high enough to allow his/her legs to dangle freely above the floor.2.Attach two electrode tabs above one knee along the line of the quadriceps muscle between the knee and the hip. The tabs should be 5 cm and 13 cm from the middle of the patella (see Figure 2). Place a third electrode tab on the lower leg. 3.Attach the red and green leads to the electrode tabs above the knee with the red electrode closest to the knee. Attach the black lead (ground) to the electrode tab on the lower leg.4.Start data collection. If the graph has a stable baseline, stop data collection continue to Step 5. If your graph has an unstable baseline, stop data collection and collect a new set of data by starting data collection again. Repeat data collection until you have obtained a stable baseline for 5 s.5.Collect voluntary activation data. Note: Read the entire step before collecting data to become familiar with the procedure.a.Have the subject close his/her eyes, or avert them from the screen.b.Start data collection.c.After recording 5 s of stable baseline, swing the reflex hammer briskly to contact the table or other surface that generates a sound.d.The subject should kick his/her leg out immediately upon hearing the sound.e.Continue obtaining reflexes (repeat parts c and d of this step) so that you record 5–10 kicks during the data-collection period.6.Determine the time elapsed between striking the table surface with the reflex hammer and the contraction of the quadriceps muscle.a.To analyze the data, tap and drag across the EKG data to highlight the area from just before the table was struck to just after the muscle contraction.b.Choose Zoom In from the Graph menu (or pinch in if using the iPad).c.To examine the data pairs on the acceleration graph, tap any data point. As you tap each data point, the acceleration and time values are displayed to the right of the graph.d.Tap the first high peak (which corresponds to the first kick) on the acceleration graph (Figure 3). This peak indicates the time at which the table surface was struck. Record this time in Table 1.e.Tap the first high peak (Kick 1) on the EMG graph. This peak indicates the time at which the quadriceps muscle contracted. Record this time in Table 3.f.Choose Autoscale once from the Graph menu. (not necessary or iPad).g.Repeat this process of zooming in and determining the time of the hammer strikeand reflex for a total of five stimulus-kick pairs.10Figure 2Figure 3
h.Calculate the change in time between the hammer strike and reflex for the five stimulus-kick pairs and then calculate the average change in time for all five pairs.