Christopher Black

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BACKGROUND Oxygen cost of different muscle actions may be influenced by different recruitment and rate coding strategies. The purpose of this study was to account for these strategies by comparing the oxygen cost of dynamic and isometric muscle actions relative to the muscle mass recruited via surface electrical stimulation of the knee extensors. METHODS(More)
STUDY DESIGN Experimental laboratory study. OBJECTIVES The primary purpose was to investigate the independent effects of current amplitude, pulse duration, and current frequency on muscle fatigue during neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES). A second purpose was to determine if the ratio of the evoked torque to the activated area could explain(More)
Individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) have been shown to have reduced activity levels associated with heightened feelings of fatigue. Previous research has demonstrated that exercise training has beneficial effects on fatigue-related symptoms in individuals with CFS. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to sustain an increase in daily physical(More)
In a previous study we demonstrated that while people with CFS had lower daily activity levels than control subjects, they were able to increase daily activity via a daily walking program. We reanalyzed our data to determine the time course of activity changes during the walking program. Daily activity assessed via an accelometer worn at the hip was divided(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to compare the extent of neural activation assessed by the central activation ratio (CAR) versus activation estimated from T2 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES). METHODS Seven college-age individuals volunteered for this study. CAR was determined by manually superimposing(More)
The cardiotoxic effects of adjuvant cancer treatments (i.e., chemotherapy and radiation treatment) have been well documented, but the effects on peripheral cardiovascular function are still unclear. We hypothesized that cancer survivors i) would have decreased resting endothelial function; and ii) altered muscle deoxygenation response during moderate(More)
Exercise acutely reduces pain sensitivity, termed exercise-induced hypoalgesia (EIH). The mechanisms underlying EIH remain unclear. Caffeine, a non-specific adenosine receptor antagonist has been shown to attenuate EIH in animals-suggesting the involvement of the adenosinergic system. This pilot study investigated the effects of caffeine on pain sensitivity(More)