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Non-invasive assessment of muscle fiber conduction velocity during an incremental maximal cycling test.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19398350     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Muscle fiber conduction velocity (MFCV) gives critical information on neuromuscular control and can be considered a size principle parameter, being suggestive of motor unit recruitment strategies. MFCV has been recently measured during constant-load sub-maximal cycling exercise and was found to correlate positively with percentage of type I myosin heavy chain. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that MFCV measured during an incremental cycling test using surface electromyography (sEMG), can be sensitive to the different metabolic requests elicited by the exercise. In particular, the relationship between ventilatory threshold (T-vent), V(')O(2max) and MFCV was explored. Eleven male physically active subjects (age 30+/-9 years) undertook a 1-min incremental cycling test to exhaustion. T-vent and V(')O(2max) were measured using an open circuit breath by breath gas analyzer. The sEMG was recorded from the vastus lateralis muscle with an adhesive 4-electrodes array, and the MFCV was computed on each sEMG burst over the last 30-s of each step. The mean V(')O(2max) obtained during the maximal test was 53.32+/-2.33 ml kg(-1) min(-1), and the T-vent was reached at 80.77+/-3.49% of V(')O(2max). In all subjects reliable measures of MFCV were obtained at every exercise intensity (cross correlation values >0.8). MFCV increased linearly with the mechanical load, reaching a maximum value of 4.28+/-0.67 ms(-1) at an intensity corresponding to the T-vent. Thereafter, MFCV declined until maximal work intensities. This study demonstrates that MFCV can be used as non-invasive tool to infer MUs recruitment/derecruitment strategies even during dynamic exercise from low to maximal intensities.
Authors:
Paola Sbriccoli; Massimo Sacchetti; Francesco Felici; Leonardo Gizzi; Mauro Lenti; Alessandro Scotto; Giuseppe De Vito
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-04-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of electromyography and kinesiology : official journal of the International Society of Electrophysiological Kinesiology     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1873-5711     ISO Abbreviation:  J Electromyogr Kinesiol     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-09     Completed Date:  2010-01-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9109125     Medline TA:  J Electromyogr Kinesiol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e380-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Human Movement and Sport Sciences, IUSM University of Rome Foro Italico, 00194 Rome, Italy. paola.sbriccoli@iusm.it
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Anaerobic Threshold / physiology*
Electromyography / methods*
Exercise Test / methods
Humans
Male
Muscle Contraction / physiology*
Muscle Fibers, Skeletal / physiology*
Neural Conduction / physiology*
Oxygen Consumption / physiology*
Physical Endurance / physiology*

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