Heterogeneity of muscle deoxygenation kinetics during two bouts of repeated heavy exercises.

Univ Lille Nord de France, 59000, Lille, France.
Arbeitsphysiologie (Impact Factor: 2.66). 04/2010; 109(6):1047-57. DOI: 10.1007/s00421-010-1446-2
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ABSTRACT This study examines the effect of prior heavy exercise on the spatial distribution of muscle deoxygenation kinetics at the onset of heavy-intensity cycling exercise. Young untrained male adults (n = 16) performed two consecutive bouts of 6 min of high intensity cycle exercise separated by 6 min at 35 W. Muscle deoxygenation (HHb) was monitored continuously by near-infrared spectroscopy at eight sites in the quadriceps. Prior heavy exercise reduced the delay before the increase in HHb (9 +/- 2 vs. 5 +/- 2 s; P < 0.001). The standard deviation of TD HHb of the eight sites was decreased by the performance of prior exercise (1.1 +/- 0.5 vs. 0.8 +/- 0.4 s; P < 0.05). The transient decrease in HHb during the first 10 s of exercise was less during the second bout than during the first bout (0.6 +/- 0.6 vs. 0.3 +/- 0.3 A.U.; P < 0.01). The standard deviation of this decrease was also reduced by prior exercise (0.5 +/- 0.3 vs. 0.3 +/- 0.2 A.U.; P < 0.01). Lastly, prior exercise decreased significantly the standard deviation of the HHb rise during the time period corresponding to the pulmonary VO(2) slow component. These results indicate that prior heavy exercise reduced the spatial heterogeneity of muscle deoxygenation kinetics at the early onset of heavy exercise and during the development of the pulmonary VO(2) slow component. It indicates that the distribution of the VO(2)/O(2) delivery ratio within muscle was improved by the performance of a prior exercise.

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