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Maximal oxygen uptake may be limited by sensation of muscle oxygenation
2010 (English)In: Open Sports Medicine Journal, ISSN 1874-3870, Vol. 4, 9-16 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of restricted muscular oxygenation on VO2max, peak power output (PPO), and maximum heart rate (HRmax).

Methods: Six young healthy male subjects participated in four testing sessions within a 2-week period. On four separate days, participants performed stepwise incremental exercise tests to exhaustion (VO2maxNor) on a cycle ergometer under control condition and with thigh cuffs inflated to external pressure of 60, 90 and 120 mmHg, respectively (Cuff60, Cuff90, Cuff120), following a counterbalanced order. Respiratory gas exchange responses, heart rate and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) measurements of muscle oxygenation from rectus femoris muscle were continuously monitored during the four tests.

Results: A decrease proportional to the degree of cuff inflation was observed in VO2max (Nor = 42.9 ± 3.7, Cuff60 = 34.5 ± 5.8, Cuff90 = 33.4 ± 3.5, Cuff120 = 31.2 ± 6.8 ml·kg-1·min-1; p<0.05). Lower values of PPO (Nor= 298 ± 64, Cuff60 = 252 ± 35, Cuff90 = 213 ± 26, Cuff120 = 210 ± 20 Watts, P<0.05) and HRmax (Nor = 183.7 ± 4.8, Cuff60 = 177.5 ± 7.7, Cuff90 = 168.8 ± 14.0, Cuff120 = 170.8 ± 17.1 beats·min-1, p<0.05) were recorded in cuff conditions. Final values of muscle deoxygenation and rate of perceived exertion were not different among the four conditions.

Conclusions: It appears that with cuff application, muscle oxygenation is compromised leading to premature sensation of maximum effort, which in turn prevents the heart and the muscle from attaining their maximum capacity.

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2010. Vol. 4, 9-16 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-140536DOI: 10.2174/1874387001004010009OAI: diva2:690894

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Available from: 2014-01-25 Created: 2014-01-25 Last updated: 2015-04-07Bibliographically approved

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