Monitoring muscle fatigue progression during dynamic exercise

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Fabrice Rannou, Lars Nybo, Janni Enghave Andersen, Nikolai B Nordsborg

Purpose: To develop and validate a novel model for assessment of peripheral fatigue progression during dynamic exercise.

Methods: Seven males and four females (24 ± 3 yrs) completed one-legged knee-extensor exercise at 40% of peak power output for 12 min (40%PPO). Additionally, an exhaustive bout lasting ~ 6 min (84 ± 2% PPO; 59 ± 10 watt) was contrasted to two bouts completed at ± 5% of the target workload. Trials were completed in randomized order. Percutaneous electrical stimulation of m. vastus lateralis during the passive knee-flexion phase allowed quantification of maximal twitch force every 30 s in parallel with rating of perceived exertion (RPE).

Results: Elicited twitch force remained unchanged during the 40%PPO trial. During the three exhaustive bouts, exercise differed in duration (561 ± 154 s, 366 ± 64 s, 245 ± 61 s; P < 0.001) and amplitude of elicited twitch force showed a curvilinear decline across time. Elicited twitch force at exhaustion was ~60% reduced and similar between the exhaustive trials (ICC = 0.76 [0.48 - 0.92, 95% CI]). The increase in RPE during exercise was strongly correlated to the gradually reduced evoked twitch force (repeated measures correlation = 0.89 [0.62 - 0.97, 95% CI]).

Conclusion: The developed model permits quantification of muscle fatigue progression during continuous dynamic one-legged knee-extension and a bi-phasic fatigue pattern is demonstrated during intense exercise. The model is sensitive to small changes in intensity and it provides a novel approach for studying muscular mechanisms and their temporal relation to fatigue progression in vivo.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Volume51
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)1498-1505
Number of pages8
ISSN0195-9131
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • The Faculty of Science - Dynamic exercise, Exhaustion, Intensity, Muscle fatigue, One-legged knee-extension, Twitch

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