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Inter-stretch rest time is important for development of pathology from streteches of activated muscles.

Authors
Willems-MET; Stauber-WT
Source
Med Sci Sports Exerc 2002 May; 34(5)(Suppl 1):S184
NIOSHTIC No.
20029552
Abstract
To examine myofiber pathology 2 days after stretches of activated plantarflexor muscles with short (40 seconds) and long (180 seconds) inter-stretch rest times. Using nerve stimulation (80 Hz, 0.2 ms pulse duration, 6.5 +/- 0.4 V), stretches (30) were imposed on isometric contractions (stimulation time 0.9 seconds) by ankle rotation from 90 degrees to 40 degrees (velocity = 600 s-1) in female Sprague Dawley rats (3-5 mo). Isometric contractions (90 degrees) with 40-s rest times served as controls. Isometric (90 degrees) and peak stretch forces (40 degrees) during the stretch protocols and the isometric force-frequency relationships (90 degees) were measured before and one hour after the protocols. Using antibody immunohistochemistry, cross-sections (thickness 8 um) of distal parts of gastrocnemius medialis muscle were analyzed for desmin, albumin, laminin and dystrophin. Peak stretch forces and isometric force deficits [total deficits 56.7 +/- 2.1% (40-s); 51.3 +/- 3.7% (180-s)] were similar at each stretch number for both protocols. Isometric force deficit at 5, 10, 20, 40, 60, 80 [46.6 +/- 2.5% (40-s); 50.4 +/- 2.9% (180-s)] and 100 Hz were also similar one hour after the protocols. Myofiber pathology was not observed in controls and after stretches with long rest times but was present only after stretches with short rest times. Pathology was characterized by swollen myofibers, desmin deficient but albumin positive myofibers and loss of dystrophin. It is concluded that 1) stretch-induced force deficits do not always lead to myofiber pathology and 2) inter-stretch rest time is important for development of pathology from repeated stretches of activated skeletal muscles.
Keywords
Muscles; Musculoskeletal-system; Skeletal-system; Injuries; Muscle-tissue; Injury-prevention; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Diseases; Laboratory-animals; Animals; Animal-studies; Pathology
CODEN
MSPEDA
Publication Date
20020501
Document Type
Abstract
Email Address
mwillems@hsc.wvu.edu
Funding Amount
868663
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-002918
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0195-9131
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Upper Extremities
Source Name
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
State
WV
Performing Organization
West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
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