Physical fitness and performance. Fatigue responses during repeated sprints matched for initial mechanical output.

School of Human Movement and Exercise Science, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.
Medicine &amp Science in Sports &amp Exercise (Impact Factor: 4.46). 12/2007; 39(12):2219-25. DOI: 10.1249/mss.0b013e31815669dc
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ABSTRACT To compare muscle fatigability during two sets of repeated cycling sprints matched for initial mechanical output in a nonfatigued and fatigued state.
Eight young men performed 10, 6-s all-out sprints on a cycle ergometer interspersed with 30 s of recovery, followed, after 6 min of passive recovery, by five 6-s sprints, again interspersed by 30 s of recovery.
On the basis of total work (TW), performance in sprint 11 (79.8 +/- 4.8 was not significantly different to performance in sprint 4 (80.3 +/- 5.3; P = 0.81). The decrease in TW for the five sprints after sprint 4 (i.e., sprints 4 to 8) averaged 14.5% (P < 0.001), which was significantly less than the decrement in TW from sprints 11 to 15 (20.3%; P < 0.05). Despite no significant differences in TW values achieved in sprints 4 and 11, the amplitude of the electromyogram (EMG) signal (i.e., root mean square (RMS)) recorded during sprint 11 (0.398 +/- 0.03 V) was 12.0% lower (P < 0.05) than in sprint 4 (0.452 +/- 0.02 V). In contrast, values of EMG median frequency (MF) recorded during sprint 4 (85.5 +/- 5.5 Hz) and 11 (89.3 +/- 7.2 Hz) were not significantly different (P = 0.33). However, the rate of decrease in EMG activity (i.e., RMS and MF) was similar for the two set of sprints.
These findings suggest that previous fatiguing repeated-sprint exercise, followed by a rest period, induces greater fatigability during subsequent repeated-sprint exercise, regardless of the initial mechanical output, and that these changes are associated with acute neuromuscular adjustments.

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    • "To delineate the neural and muscular factors driving performance recovery following repeated sprints a sprint-matching paradigm was introduced, where exercise responses during two sets of repeated cycling sprints (10 x 6-s 'all out' sprints with 30 s recovery followed after 6 min of passive recovery by five 6-s sprints), matched for initial mechanical output in a 'non fatigued' (sprints 4 to 8) and a 'fatigued' state (sprints 11 to 15), were actually compared (Mendez-Villanueva et al. 2007). Results indicated that there was a greater fatigability in the five repetitions of the second versus first set, despite mechanical output produced for the initial bout of both sets (i.e., sprints 4 and 11) being similar. "
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    • "However, it is well-known that the greater the initial force exerted by a muscle during a given task, the more the muscle will fatigue (Enoka and Stuart 1992; Hunter 2009). Thus, it is not surprising to observe that the higher the initial-sprint performance , the larger the performance decrement in subsequent sprint repetitions (Bishop et al. 2003b; Bishop and Spencer 2004; Gaitanos et al. 1993; Mendez-Villanueva et al. 2007, 2008). This is supported by our observation (Fig. 2 "
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    • "Pearson's product–moment correlation analysis was used to compare association between running performance and TSI. Because performance at the first sprint is the major determinants of fatigue (and %Dec) during RS (Mendez-Villanueva et al. 2007), correlations including S2 performance or %Dec were adjusted for distance ran during S1 in the post-test using partial correlations. The following criteria were adopted to interpret the magnitude of the correlation (r): \0.1 trivial, 0.1–0.3 "
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