Non-uniform muscle oxygenation despite uniform neuromuscular activity within the vastus lateralis during fatiguing heavy resistance exercise

Naokazu Miyamoto, Taku Wakahara, Ryoichi Ema, Yasuo Kawakami

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Abstract

Previous studies have reported for the vastus lateralis (VL) that the extent of muscle hypertrophy in response to resistance training is greater in the distal than in the middle region, despite uniform muscle fibre composition within VL along its length. In the present study, to investigate mechanism(s) for such non-uniform muscle hypertrophy, we simultaneously measured neuromuscular activity and muscle oxygenation state at the middle and distal regions of VL during fatiguing heavy resistance exercise. Twelve males performed unilateral knee extension exercise which consisted of 4 sets of 8 repetitions at intensity of 80% of the individual one repetition maximum. During the resistance exercise, neuromuscular activities and muscle oxygenation status at the middle and distal regions (50% and 70% of the thigh length, respectively) of VL were measured by using electromyography and near-infrared spectroscopy, respectively. Neuromuscular activities were similar between the distal and middle regions of VL, whereas muscle tissue oxygenation saturation was significantly lower at the distal than at the middle region of VL. These results suggest a possibility that the regional difference in muscle oxygenation but not in neuromuscular activity during fatiguing heavy resistance exercise is responsible for the regional difference in hypertrophy within a muscle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-469
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Nov

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Quadriceps Muscle
Muscles
Hypertrophy
Near-Infrared Spectroscopy
Resistance Training
Electromyography
Thigh
Knee

Keywords

  • Electromyography
  • Hypertrophy
  • Knee extension
  • Near-infrared spectroscopy
  • Resistance training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)

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Non-uniform muscle oxygenation despite uniform neuromuscular activity within the vastus lateralis during fatiguing heavy resistance exercise. / Miyamoto, Naokazu; Wakahara, Taku; Ema, Ryoichi; Kawakami, Yasuo.

In: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, Vol. 33, No. 6, 11.2013, p. 463-469.

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