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Changing arterial oxygen content (C(aO(2))) has a highly sensitive influence on the rate of peripheral locomotor muscle fatigue development. We examined the effects of C(aO(2)) on exercise performance and its interaction with peripheral quadriceps fatigue. Eight trained males performed four 5 km cycling time trials (power output voluntarily adjustable) at(More)
1. We recently showed that fatigue of the inspiratory muscles via voluntary efforts caused a time-dependent increase in limb muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) (St Croix et al. 2000). We now asked whether limb muscle vasoconstriction and reduction in limb blood flow also accompany inspiratory muscle fatigue. 2. In six healthy human subjects at rest,(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine whether the human diaphragm, like limb muscle, has a threshold of force output at which a metaboreflex is activated causing systemic vasoconstriction. We used Doppler ultrasound techniques to quantify leg blood flow (Q(L)) and utilized the changes in mouth twitch pressure (DeltaP(M)T) in response to bilateral(More)
We investigated whether the inspiratory muscles affect maximal incremental exercise performance using a placebo-controlled, crossover design. Six cyclists each performed six incremental exercise tests. For three trials, subjects exercised with proportional assist ventilation (PAV). For the remaining three trials, subjects underwent sham respiratory muscle(More)
We investigated the role of somatosensory feedback on cardioventilatory responses to rhythmic exercise in five men. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled design, subjects performed the same leg cycling exercise (50/100/150/325 ± 19 W, 3 min each) under placebo conditions (interspinous saline, L(3)-L(4)) and with lumbar intrathecal fentanyl impairing central(More)
We investigated whether somatosensory feedback from contracting limb muscles exerts an inhibitory influence on the determination of central command during closed-loop cycling exercise in which the subject voluntarily determines his second-by-second central motor drive. Eight trained cyclists performed two 5-km time trials either without (5K(Ctrl)) or with(More)
This study was designed to test whether obese adults and adults with metabolic syndrome (MetSyn) exhibit altered hyperemic responses to hypoxia at rest and during forearm exercise when compared with lean controls. We hypothesized blood flow responses due to hypoxia would be lower in young obese subjects (n = 11, 24 ± 2 years, BMI 36 ± 2 kg m−2) and subjects(More)
We aimed to assess age-related differences in compensatory hypoxic vasodilation during moderate-to-high dynamic exercise at absolute workloads. We hypothesized healthy older adults (n = 12, 61 ± 1 years) would exhibit impaired hypoxic vasodilation at a moderate absolute workload, and this effect would be exaggerated at a higher workload when compared to(More)
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