Reproducibility of 3D kinematics and surface electromyography measurements of mastication

Remijn, Lianne, Groen, Brenda E., Speyer, Renée, Van Limbeek, Jacques, and Nijhuis-van Der Sanden, Maria W.G. (2016) Reproducibility of 3D kinematics and surface electromyography measurements of mastication. Physiology and Behavior, 155. pp. 112-121.

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The aim of this study was to determine the measurement reproducibility for a procedure evaluating the mastication process and to estimate the smallest detectable differences of 3D kinematic and surface electromyography (sEMG) variables. Kinematics of mandible movements and sEMG activity of the masticatory muscles were obtained over two sessions with four conditions: two food textures (biscuit and bread) of two sizes (small and large). Twelve healthy adults (mean age 29.1. years) completed the study. The second to the fifth chewing cycle of 5 bites were used for analyses. The reproducibility per outcome variable was calculated with an intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) and a Bland-Altman analysis was applied to determine the standard error of measurement relative error of measurement and smallest detectable differences of all variables.ICCs ranged from 0.71 to 0.98 for all outcome variables. The outcome variables consisted of four bite and fourteen chewing cycle variables. The relative standard error of measurement of the bite variables was up to 17.3% for 'time-to-swallow', 'time-to-transport' and 'number of chewing cycles', but ranged from 31.5% to 57.0% for 'change of chewing side'. The relative standard error of measurement ranged from 4.1% to 24.7% for chewing cycle variables and was smaller for kinematic variables than sEMG variables.In general, measurements obtained with 3D kinematics and sEMG are reproducible techniques to assess the mastication process. The duration of the chewing cycle and frequency of chewing were the best reproducible measurements. Change of chewing side could not be reproduced. The published measurement error and smallest detectable differences will aid the interpretation of the results of future clinical studies using the same study variables.

Item ID: 49309
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-507X
Keywords: mastication, chewing movement, textures, kinematics, sEMG
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2017 23:39
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420701 Biomechanics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920203 Diagnostic Methods @ 100%
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