Influence of the intensity of a conditioning contraction on the subsequent twitch torque and maximal voluntary concentric torque

Atsuki Fukutani, Naokazu Miyamoto, Hiroaki Kanehisa, Toshimasa Yanai, Yasuo Kawakami

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Abstract

This study aimed to clarify the influence of the intensity of a conditioning contraction on subsequent isometric twitch and maximal voluntary concentric torques. Subjects (n=12men) performed voluntary isometric plantar flexion for six seconds as a conditioning contraction, at intensities of 40%, 60%, 80% and 100% of a maximal voluntary isometric contraction (MVIC). Before and immediately after the conditioning contraction, isometric twitch and maximal voluntary concentric (180°/s) plantar flexion torques were determined. Surface electromyograms were recorded from the triceps surae muscles and M-wave amplitudes and root-mean-square values of the electromyographic signals (RMSEMG) were calculated. The isometric twitch torque increased significantly after conditioning contraction at all intensities (P<0.05), whereas maximal voluntary concentric torque increased significantly only at 80% and 100% MVIC conditions (P<0.05). It is concluded that during a six second conditioning contraction, the effect of the intensity of a conditioning contraction on subsequent torque development is different between an isometric twitch and maximal voluntary concentric contractions, with the latter being less affected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)560-565
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Aug 1

Keywords

  • Muscle fatigue
  • Plantar flexion
  • Postactivation potentiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Biophysics
  • Clinical Neurology

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