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Human muscle function following prolonged eccentric exercise.
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PMID:  3678226     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
4 subjects performed repeated eccentric contractions with leg extensors during prolonged downhill walking (-25% gradient) at 6.44 km.h-1 until collapse due to muscle weakness (range of exercise duration 29 to 40 min). During the exercise oxygen uptake rose progressively from approximately 45% of the previously determined VO2max at 10 min to approximately 65% at the end of the exercise. Following the exercise there was an immediate, significant, and sustained reduction in maximal voluntary isometric contraction, and short term (anaerobic) power output measured concentrically on an isokinetic ergometer. These reductions in muscle function persisted for 96 hours post exercise, and were reflected by significant reductions in the tension generated at low frequency (20 Hz) relative to higher frequency (50 Hz) percutaneous stimulation of the quadriceps. All four subjects showed an increase in plasma levels of creatine kinase post eccentric exercise. Performing concentric contractions by walking uphill for one hour at a significantly greater metabolic cost failed to induce comparable reductions in muscle function. These results provide evidence for the consequences of prolonged eccentric work upon dynamic function which complements earlier reports of structural, enzymatic, and static function changes.
A J Sargeant; P Dolan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of applied physiology and occupational physiology     Volume:  56     ISSN:  0301-5548     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol     Publication Date:  1987  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-01-12     Completed Date:  1988-01-12     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410266     Medline TA:  Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol     Country:  GERMANY, WEST    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  704-11     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Department of Exercise Physiology and Health Sciences, Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Creatine Kinase / blood
Electric Stimulation
Isometric Contraction
Muscle Contraction
Muscles / physiology*
Oxygen Consumption
Physical Exertion*
Reg. No./Substance:
EC Kinase

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