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Locomotor muscle fatigue does not alter oxygen uptake kinetics during high intensity exercise

Hopker, James G., Caporaso, G, Azzalin, Andrea, Carpenter, R, Marcora, Samuele Maria (2016) Locomotor muscle fatigue does not alter oxygen uptake kinetics during high intensity exercise. Frontiers in Physiology, . ISSN 1664-042X. (doi:10.3389/fphys.2016.00463) (KAR id:57873)

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The slow component (sc) that develops during high-intensity aerobic exercise is thought to be strongly associated with locomotor muscle fatigue. We sought to experimentally test this hypothesis by pre-fatiguing the locomotor muscles used during subsequent high-intensity cycling exercise. Over two separate visits, eight healthy male participants were asked to either perform a non-metabolically stressful 100 intermittent drop-jumps protocol (pre fatigue condition) or rest for 33 minutes (control condition) according to a random and counterbalanced order. Locomotor muscle fatigue was quantified with 6-second maximal sprints at a fixed pedaling cadence of 90 rev·min-1. Oxygen kinetics and other responses (heart rate, capillary blood lactate concentration and rating of perceived exertion, RPE) were measured during two subsequent bouts of 6 min cycling exercise at 50% of the delta between the lactate threshold and max determined during a preliminary incremental exercise test. All tests were performed on the same cycle ergometer. Despite significant locomotor muscle fatigue (P = 0.03), the sc was not significantly different between the pre fatigue (464 ± 301 mL·min-1) and the control (556 ± 223 mL·min-1) condition (P = 0.50). Blood lactate response was not significantly different between conditions (P = 0.48) but RPE was significantly higher following the pre-fatiguing exercise protocol compared with the control condition (P < 0.01) suggesting higher muscle recruitment. These results demonstrate experimentally that locomotor muscle fatigue does not significantly alter the kinetic response to high intensity aerobic exercise, and challenge the hypothesis that thesc is strongly associated with locomotor muscle fatigue.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3389/fphys.2016.00463
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1235 Physiology of sports
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: James Hopker
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2016 10:26 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2022 02:42 UTC
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