GCMAS 2013 Annual Conference
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GCMAS 2013 Pre-Conference Workshop
Kinesiological Electromyography: Fine-Wire Techniques

Date: Monday, May 13th, 2013
Time: 8 AM – 7 PM

Course Description:
This hands-on workshop will provide clinicians with the opportunity to learn and perform fine-wire EMG insertions. Course content will include didactic material covering the following topics: 1) gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, nerve and muscle physiology foundational concepts; 2) Electromyography – concepts;  3)pertinent anatomy and physiology  fine-wire EMG general guidelines (indications, contraindication, consent, and techniques); 4) EMG instrumentation, choice of equipment, data processing and process quality assessment; 5) Hazards and complications, instrumentation and troubleshooting; and 6) Preparation, patient informed consent for procedure, and post-test care, and 7) clinical interpretation. Each participant will have the opportunity to practice fine-wire insertions for 3 – 4 muscles in small groups under the guidance of experienced kinesiological fine-wire EMG instructors.

Please Note:

  • Course participants must be willing to partake in the lab sessions both as subject and examiner.
  • Course participants are responsible to investigate their individual state licensure requirement and practice within the scope of their state licensing board.   

Course Faculty:

Sara Mulroy PT, PhD
Director, Pathokinesiology Laboratory, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center

Sylvia Öunpuu
Director of Research, Center for Motion Analysis, Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Jean Stout, PT, MS
Research Physical Therapist, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Marilynn Wyatt, PT, MA
Director, Gait Analysis Laboratory, Naval Medical Center San Diego

Sherry Backus, PT, DPT, MA
Course Co-Director -  sherry.backus@gcmas.org
Clinical Supervisor, Motion Analysis Laboratory, Hospital for Special Surgery

Carole Tucker, PT, PhD
Course Co-Director – carole.tucker@gcmas.org
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy & Electrical Engineering, Temple University


Course Objectives
Upon completion of this training program, participants will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the indications, precautions and contraindications, risks, post-test care involved in performing kinesiological fine-wire electromyographic studies.
  • Demonstrate understanding of gross anatomy and neuroanatomy, muscle and nerve physiology,
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the instrumentation, choice of instruments, hazards and complications, troubleshooting used for kinesiological EMG
  • Perform fine-wire EMG insertion techniques safely and effectively for selected lower extremity a muscles.

Agenda (Tentative)


Group 1

Group 2

8:00 – 9:00

General Guidelines and Techniques for Kinesiological Fine-Wire EMG

9:00 – 9:30

Fine-wire Insertion Techniques and Demonstration: EDL/TA

9:30 – 11:00

Practice Session: EDL/TA

Data Processing and Quality Assessment

11:00 – 12:30

Data Processing and Quality Assessment

Practice Session: EDL/TA

12: 30 – 1:00

Boxed Lunch (Discussion of Instrumentation)

1:00 – 1:30

Fine-Wire Insertion Technique: Posterior Compartment: Tib Post (FDL/SOL)

1:30 – 3:00

Instrumentation and Troubleshooting

Practice Session: Tib Post/ FHL

3:00 – 4:30

Practice Session: Tib Post/ FHL

Instrumentation and Troubleshooting

4:30 – 5:45

Practice Session: TFL/Glut Medius

Advanced Interpretation and Problem Solving

5:45 – 7:00

Advanced Interpretation and Problem Solving

Practice Session: TFL/Glut Medius