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We investigated the reproducibility of measurements of maximal voluntary torque and maximal voluntary activation using twitch interpolation. On 5 days, each of 5 subjects performed 10 maximal voluntary isometric contractions of their elbow flexors. Single supramaximal stimuli were delivered over biceps brachii at the measured peak torque during each effort,(More)
1. The excitability of the motor cortex was investigated during fatiguing con of the elbow flexors in human subjects. During sustained contractions at 30 and 1 voluntary force (MVC), the short-latency electromyographic responses (EMG) evoke brachii and brachioradialis by transcranial magnetic stimulation increased in si EMG in the elbow flexors following(More)
We investigated factors affecting maximal voluntary torque and the assessment of the level of voluntary drive in the elbow flexor muscles. First, the effective compliance of the system was tested by using single, paired, and trains of four stimuli to measure voluntary activation. At high voluntary torques the responses to all these stimuli were identical,(More)
1. Voluntary activation of elbow flexor muscles can be optimal during brief maximal voluntary contractions (MVCs), although central fatigue, a progressive decline in the ability to drive the muscle maximally, develops during sustained or repeated efforts. We stimulated the motor cortex and motor point in human subjects to investigate motor output during(More)
Task failure during inspiratory resistive loading is thought to be accompanied by substantial peripheral fatigue of the inspiratory muscles. Six healthy subjects performed eight resistive breathing trials with loads of 35, 50, 75 and 90% of maximal inspiratory pressure (MIP) with and without supplemental oxygen. MIP measured before, after, and at every(More)
Responses to transcranial magnetic stimulation in human subjects (n = 9) were studied during series of intermittent isometric maximal voluntary contractions (MVCs) of the elbow. Stimuli were given during MVCs in four fatigue protocols with different duty cycles. As maximal voluntary torque fell during each protocol, the torque increment evoked by cortical(More)
The sizes of the motor-evoked potentials (MEPs) and the durations of the silent periods after transcranial magnetic stimulation were examined in biceps brachii, brachioradialis and adductor pollicis in human subjects. Stimuli of a wide range of intensities were given during voluntary contractions producing 0-75% of maximal force (maximal voluntary(More)
1. To determine whether discomfort associated with breathing (dyspnoea) is related to the chemical drive to breath, three subjects were totally paralysed while fully conscious. Subjective responses to a rising CO2 stimulus were obtained during rebreathing, rebreathing with CO2 added, and breath holding. Dyspnoea was measured with a 10-point Borg scale. 2.(More)
Central fatigue during exercise is the decrease in muscle force attributable to a decline in motoneuronal output. Several methods have been used to assess central fatigue; however, some are limited or not sensitive enough to detect failure in central drive. Central fatigue develops during many forms of exercise. A number of mechanisms may contribute to its(More)
Many people previously affected by polio complain of increased fatigue, weakness and pain many years after the initial illness. Although electromyographic abnormalities have been found in these patients, the cause of their increased weakness is not well understood. Previous studies have shown decreased strength and impaired exercise performance in those(More)