Is there a difference in the pattern of muscle activity when performing neck exercises with a guild board versus a pulley?

Peolsson, Anneli, Peolsson, Michael, Jull, Gwendolen and O'Leary, Shaun (2013) Is there a difference in the pattern of muscle activity when performing neck exercises with a guild board versus a pulley?. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 45 9: 900-905. doi:10.2340/16501977-1196

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Author Peolsson, Anneli
Peolsson, Michael
Jull, Gwendolen
O'Leary, Shaun
Title Is there a difference in the pattern of muscle activity when performing neck exercises with a guild board versus a pulley?
Journal name Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1650-1977
1651-2081
Publication date 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2340/16501977-1196
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 45
Issue 9
Start page 900
End page 905
Total pages 6
Place of publication Uppsala, Sweden
Publisher Stiftelsen Rehabiliteringsinformation
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 2742 Rehabilitation
3612 Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
Formatted abstract
Objective: Guild boards and pulleys are apparatus commonly used to train cervical muscle function for their purported benefit in facilitating activity of the deeper muscle layers, although this effect has not been substantiated. The objective of this study was to compare the activity of the different layers of cervical muscles when performing exercise with these 2 types of apparatus.

Subjects:
A total of 19 healthy persons (mean age 28 years, (standard deviation 7 years).

Design: Ultrasound measurements of muscle deformation and deformation rate were recorded from the dorsal and ventral neck muscle layers during extension and flexion exercises. Pulley exercises were performed in the upright sitting position against a standardized resistance (men 2 kg, women 1 kg) and guild board exercises at an angle of 45°.

Results: The dorsal muscles generally showed greater levels of deformation and deformation rate during exercise with the guild board compared with the pulley system (p > 0.05), but with no significant differences in relative activity between the deep and superficial muscle layers (condition × muscle interaction (p > 0.05)). No differences were observed for the ventral muscles between exercise methods (p > 0.05).

Conclusion: While both exercise methods appear to train cervical muscle function, neither appear to be more selective in facilitating deep cervical muscle activity, probably as they involve very similar cervical kinematics. Journal Compilation
Keyword Exercise
Muscle activity
Neck muscles
Ultrasonography
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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