Nagamachi, Akihiro Department of Orthopedic Surgery, The University of Tokushima School of Medicine
Ikata, Takaaki Department of Orthopedic Surgery, The University of Tokushima School of Medicine
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Morita, Tetsuki Department of Orthopedic Surgery, The University of Tokushima School of Medicine
Thirteen male athletes (mean 20.7 years) participated in the present study which investigated the relationship between mean power frequency (MPF) and exercise intensity determined from gas analysis during maximal treadmill running. All subjects performed two consecutive ramp exercise tests on the treadmill. Myoelectric signals from surface electrodes on the erector spinae muscles were digitized and MPF was calculated every ten seconds. Gas exchange data was collected using an automated breath-by-breath system, from which the anaerobic threshold (AT), respiratory gas exchange ratio (R=VCO2/VO2) and %VO2=VO2/VO2max were obtained.
During loading, MPF showed a steady decrease, followed by a sudden fall to a base level in both tests. After loading, MPF recovered within 30 seconds in all subjects. The test-retest reliability coefficient of MPF and R at the point of sudden fall in MPF were0.757 (p=0.0018), and 0.808 (p=0.0004).
These findings suggest that a sudden fall and a base level of MPF indicate local muscle fatigue, and the spectral analysis of trunk muscle surface EMG provides a reliable index of exercise performance in maximal treadmill running.
The journal of medical investigation : JMI
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