Tutorial. Surface EMG detection in space and time: Best practices
Journal article, 2019

This tutorial is aimed to non-engineers using, or planning to use, surface electromyography (sEMG) as an assessment tool in the prevention, monitoring and rehabilitation fields. Its first purpose is to address the issues related to the origin and nature of the signal and to its detection (electrode size, distance, location) by one-dimensional (bipolar and linear arrays) and two-dimensional (grids) electrode systems while avoiding advanced mathematical, physical or physiological issues. Its second purpose is to outline best practices and provide general guidelines for proper signal detection. Issues related to the electrode-skin interface, signal conditioning and interpretation will be discussed in subsequent tutorials.

Movement scientists


High Density sEMG


Multichannel array sEMG


surface EMG



R. Merletti

Polytechnic University of Turin

Silvia Muceli

Imperial College London

Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Signalbehandling och medicinsk teknik, Biomedical Signals and Systems

Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology

1050-6411 (ISSN)

Vol. 49 102363

Subject Categories

Medical Laboratory and Measurements Technologies

Other Medical Engineering

Analytical Chemistry



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