Francesco Figura

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The present study aimed at analysing the age-related decline in maximal muscle power (W˙) in 52 sedentary healthy women aged between 50 and 75 years to determine whether force or velocity is the major determinant. Maximal muscle power was estimated from two types of vertical jumps, squatting (SJ) and counter‐movement (CmJ), performed on a force platform. It(More)
INTRODUCTION In this study we tested the hypothesis that caffeine supplementation improves neuromuscular function, which has both nutritional and clinical relevance. METHODS Fourteen male subjects (mean ± SD: 23.8 ± 2.8 years) volunteered in a double-blind, repeated-measures study with placebo (PLA) or caffeine (CAFF) (6 mg kg(-1)). Maximal voluntary(More)
The effects of 12 weeks of a low-intensity general conditioning programme on maximal instantaneous peak power (W˙ peak) and maximal oxygen uptake (V˙O2max) were examined in 20 elderly women. After medical, familiarisation, and ethical procedures, the subjects were randomly divided into either a training and or a control group. The training group [n = 11;(More)
Twenty healthy women aged between 65 and 74 years, trained three times a week, for 16 weeks, on a cycle ergometer, to determine the effects of dynamic resistance training on heart rate variability (HRV). Subjects were allocated to two training groups, high (HI, n=10) and low (LO, n=10) intensity. The HI group performed eight sets of 8 revolutions at 80% of(More)
This paper aimed at investigating the neuromuscular response of knee flexor and extensor muscles in elite karateka and karate amateurs (Amateurs) during isokinetic knee flexion/extensions and during the execution of a front kick (FK). Surface electromyograms (sEMG) were recorded from the right vastus lateralis (VL) and biceps femoris (BF) muscles with a(More)
This study aimed to verify whether basketball players are able to maintain strength (handgrip), jump (countermovement jump [CMJ]), sprint (10 m and 10 m bouncing the ball [10 mBB]), and interlimb coordination (i.e., synchronized hand and foot flexions and extensions at 80, 120, and 180 bpm) performances at the end of their game. Ten young (age 15.7 ± 0.2(More)
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate metabolic and mechanical parameters of Spinning® and to verify if the intensities remain within the American College of Sports Medicine recommendations. Fifteen participants (8 males: 39.0±2.0 years; 70.0±2.0 kg; 177.0±2.0 cm, 58.0±3.0 ml/kg/min; and 7 females: 33.6±5.5 years; 56.6±4.4 kg; 165.0±4.6 cm;(More)
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