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Isotonic dynamometry for the assessment of power and fatigue in the knee extensor muscles of females.
Stauber WT; Barill ER; Stauber RE; Miller GR
Clin Physiol 2000 May; 20(3):225-233
Impairments in muscle power production and recovery following short-duration intense activity could lead to decreased performance and risk of injury. We developed a power test for the knee extensor muscles using torque-velocity testing and moderate isotonic loads. Twenty-eight female volunteers performed three maximal efforts at each of four isotonic loads (27.1, 40.6, 54.2 and 67.8 N. m). If the calculated regression line for the torque-velocity data had an r2 >/= 0.95 (i.e. an acceptable test), maximal power (408 +/- 56 W) was computed from the data. Immediately after torque-velocity testing, the subjects repeated maximal effort knee extensions with 33.9 N. m for three bouts of 15 repetitions with 15 s of rest to produce muscle fatigue, defined as a decrease in power output during isotonic exercise. After a 4 min rest, the torque-velocity test was repeated and power calculated (345 +/- 48 W). For the group, the recovery of maximal power after the fatigue protocol was 85%. The extremes were represented by one subject who recovered only 70% of her maximal power and another who recovered completely (>98%). Physiological differences in muscle power following repeated exercise could have an impact on the outcome of therapeutic interventions for sports injuries, fatigue syndromes and occupational over-use conditions.
Cumulative trauma; Cumulative trauma disorders; Laboratory animals; Muscular disorders; Musculoskeletal system disorders; Repetitive work; Muscles; Animal studies; Injuries; Behavior; Rest periods; Ergonomics; Fatigue; Demographic characteristics; Sex factors; Risk factors; Physiological factors; Author Keywords: exercise testing; human muscle; muscle power
William T. Stauber, PhD, Department of Physiology, West Virginia University, PO Box 9229, Morgantown, WV 26506-9229, USA
Issue of Publication
Disease and Injury: Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Upper Extremities
West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
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