Do performers' experience and sex affect their performance
Faculty of Sciences. Biology
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Motor control: the international journal for the multidisciplinary study of voluntary movement. - Champaign, Ill.
University of Antwerp
This cross-sectional study aimed at developing a biomechanical method to objectify voluntary and unpredictable movements, using an automated three-dimensional motion capture system and surface electromyography. Fourteen experienced theatre performers were tested while executing the old man exercise, wherein they have to walk like an old man, building up a sustained high intensive muscular activity and tremor. Less experienced performed showed a different kinematics of movement, a slower speed of progression and more variable EMG signals at higher intensity. Female performers also differed from males in movement kinematics and muscular activity. The number of the trial only influenced the speed of progression. The performers showed results which could be well placed within the stages of learning and the degrees of freedom problem.