Neuromuscular Adaptations to Electrostimulation Resistance Training

University of Burgundy, Dijon, Bourgogne, France
American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Impact Factor: 2.2). 03/2006; 85(2):167-75. DOI: 10.1097/01.phm.0000197570.03343.18
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A combination of in vivo and in vitro analyses was performed to investigate muscular and neural adaptations of the weaker (nondominant) quadriceps femoris muscle of one healthy individual to short-term electrostimulation resistance training. The increase in maximal voluntary strength (+12%) was accompanied by neural (cross-education effect and increased muscle activation) and muscle adaptations (impairment of whole-muscle contractile properties). Significant changes in myosin heavy chain (MHC) isoforms relative content (+22% for MHC-2A and -28% for MHC-2X), single-fiber cross-sectional area (+27% for type 1 and +6% for type 2A muscle fibers), and specific tension of type 1 (+67%) but not type 2A fibers were also observed after training. Plastic changes in neural control confirm the possible involvement of both spinal and supraspinal structures to electrically evoked contractions. Changes at the single muscle fiber level induced by electrostimulation resistance training were significant and preferentially affected slow, type 1 fibers.

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    • "atrophy, improve blood circulation and alleviate the effects of prolonged immobility (Gondin, Guette, Ballay, and Martin, 2006; Jubeau et al, 2006; Maffiuletti et al, 2006; Marqueste, Hug, Decherchi, and Jammes, 2003). Such benefits may persist for up to 4–6 weeks after the end of the EMS treatment. "
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    • "The anode measuring 50 cm 2 (10 Â 5 cm) was placed along the middorsal line of the leg, over both medial and lateral gastrocnemii. As in several NMES studies (Boerio & Jubeau, 2005; Gondin et al., 2005, 2006; Jubeau et al., 2006; Maffiuletti et al., 2006; Theurel et al., 2007), rectangular-wave pulsed currents (75 Hz) lasting 400 ms were delivered with a rise time of 1.5 s, a steady tetanic stimulation time of 4 s and a fall time of 0.75 s (total duration of the contraction: 6.25 s). Each stimulation was followed by a pause lasting 20 s. "
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    ABSTRACT: We aimed at determining the recovery pattern of neural properties of soleus muscle after a single bout of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) session. Thirteen subjects performed an NMES exercise (75 Hz, 40 contractions, 6.25 s per contraction). Maximal voluntary contraction (MVC), H-reflex at rest and during voluntary contraction fixed at 60% of MVC (respectively, H(max) and H(sup) ) and volitional (V) wave were measured before and during the recovery period following this exercise [i.e., immediately after, 2 h (H2), 2 days (D2) and 7 days (D7)]. MVC exhibited an immediate and a delayed declines at 2 days (respectively, -29.8±4.6%, P<0.001; -13.0±3.4%, P<0.05). Likewise, V/M(sup) was decreased immediately and 2 days after NMES session (respectively, -43.3±11.6%, P<0.05; 35.3±6.6%, P<0.05). The delayed decrements in MVC and V-wave occurred concomitantly with muscle soreness peak (P<0.001). It could be concluded that motor command alterations after an NMES resistance session contributed to the immediate and also to the delayed decreases in MVC without affecting resting and active H-reflex excitability. These results suggested that spinal circuitry function of larger motoneurons was inhibited by NMES (as indicated by the depressed V-wave responses) contrary to the smaller one (indicated by the unchanged H-reflex responses).
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    • "On that basis, NMES has been widely used as an adjunct to voluntary resistance training in highly-trained subjects (Delitto et al., 1989; Maffiuletti et al., 2002) and in patients in intensive care units (Gerovasili et al., 2009; Gruther et al., 2010) or affected by cardiac (Quittan et al., 2001) and respiratory chronic (Vivodtzev et al., 2006) diseases. However, growing evidence is emerging illustrating the potential damaging effects of electrically-induced isometric contractions in healthy humans, at least for the lower limbs (Aldayel et al., 2010a,b; Mackey et al., 2008; Maffiuletti et al., 2006). Indeed, three studies conducted in quadriceps muscles under isometric conditions (Aldayel et al., 2010a,b; Jubeau et al., 2008) have recently reported a 10–30-fold increase in creatine kinase (CK) activity coupled to significantly increased muscle soreness as a result of NMES. "
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