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European Journal of Applied Physiology

Hsing-Hua Tsai, Chin-Pu Lin, Yi-Hui Lin, Chih-Chin Hsu, Jong-Shyan Wang
PURPOSE: Exercise training improves endothelium-dependent vasodilation, whereas hypoxic stress causes vascular endothelial dysfunction. Monocyte-derived endothelial progenitor cells (Mon-EPCs) contribute to vascular repair process by differentiating into endothelial cells. This study investigates how high-intensity interval (HIT) and moderate-intensity continuous (MCT) exercise training affect circulating Mon-EPC levels and EPC functionality under hypoxic condition. METHODS: Sixty healthy sedentary males were randomized to engage in either HIT (3-min intervals at 40 and 80 % VO2max for five repetitions, n = 20) or MCT (sustained 60 % VO2max, n = 20) for 30 min/day, 5 days/week for 6 weeks, or to a control group (CTL) that did not received exercise intervention (n = 20)...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Gerald T Mangine, Jay R Hoffman, Ran Wang, Adam M Gonzalez, Jeremy R Townsend, Adam J Wells, Adam R Jajtner, Kyle S Beyer, Carleigh H Boone, Amelia A Miramonti, Michael B LaMonica, David H Fukuda, Nicholas A Ratamess, Jeffrey R Stout
PURPOSE: To compare the effects of two different resistance training programs, high intensity (INT) and high volume (VOL), on changes in isometric force (FRC), rate of force development (RFD), and barbell velocity during dynamic strength testing. METHODS: Twenty-nine resistance-trained men were randomly assigned to either the INT (n = 15, 3-5 RM, 3-min rest interval) or VOL (n = 14, 10-12 RM, 1-min rest interval) training group for 8 weeks. All participants completed a 2-week preparatory phase prior to randomization...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Divya Srinivasan, Kathryn E Sinden, Svend Erik Mathiassen, Julie N Côté
PURPOSE: Epidemiological research has identified women to be more susceptible to developing neck-shoulder musculoskeletal disorders when performing low-force, repetitive work tasks. Whether this is attributable to gender differences in fatigability and motor control is currently unclear. This study investigated the extent to which women differ from men in fatigability and motor control while performing a short-cycle repetitive task. METHODS: 113 healthy young adults (58 women, 55 men) performed a standardized repetitive pointing task...
October 14, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Kristof Vandekerckhove, Ilse Coomans, Annelies Moerman, Daniel De Wolf, Jan Boone
AIMS: To characterize the oxygenation responses at cerebral and locomotor muscle level to incremental exercise in children and to assess the interrelationship with the pulmonary gas exchange responses. METHODS: Eighteen children (9 boys, 9 girls) (mean age 10.9 ± 1.0 years) performed incremental cycle ramp exercise to exhaustion. The concentration of cerebral and muscle oxygenated (O2Hb) and deoxygenated (HHb) hemoglobin (by means of near-infrared spectroscopy) and pulmonary gas exchange was recorded...
October 6, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Hunter Bennett, Kade Davison, Gaynor Parfitt, Roger Eston
PURPOSE: To determine whether maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) could be predicted accurately and reliably from a 2-step, perceptually-regulated exercise test (PRET) in healthy adults. METHODS: Sixteen participants (31.7 ± 11.3 years, 3 females) completed three PRETs (separated by 24-72 h) and one maximal, perceptually-regulated, graded exercise test (PRETmax) on a motorized treadmill. Oxygen uptake (VO2) and heart rate (HR) were recorded during each test. VO2 values for RPE range 9-15 were extrapolated to RPE 20 and age-predicted maximal HR (HRmax) using individual linear regression analysis to predict VO2max values compared to measured VO2max...
October 5, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Stephen P Sayers, Kyle Gibson, J Bryan Mann
PURPOSE: To identify whether variability in limb movement velocity during high-speed power training (HSPT) may impact physical functioning in older adults. METHODS: 42 older men and women (71.3 ± 6.6 years) were randomized to lower extremity HSPT (n = 28) or control (CON; n = 14) (Analysis 1) for 12 weeks. A second analysis (Analysis 2) allocated HSPT into high-velocity (n = 14) or low-velocity (n = 14) based on a limb movement speed above or below the median average velocity during the 12-week HSPT intervention...
October 4, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
C H Joo, R Allan, B Drust, G L Close, T S Jeong, J D Bartlett, C Mawhinney, J Louhelainen, J P Morton, Warren Gregson
PURPOSE: We tested the hypothesis that both post-exercise and passive cold water immersion (CWI) increases PGC-1α and VEGF mRNA expression in human skeletal muscle. METHOD: Study 1 Nine males completed an intermittent running protocol (8 × 3-min bouts at 90 % [Formula: see text], interspersed with 3-min active recovery (1.5-min at 25 % and 1.5-min at 50 % [Formula: see text]) before undergoing CWI (10 min at 8 °C) or seated rest (CONT) in a counterbalanced, randomised manner...
October 3, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Robert D Hyldahl, Alyssa Evans, Sunku Kwon, Sarah T Ridge, Eric Robinson, J Ty Hopkins, Matthew K Seeley
INTRODUCTION: Regular exercise protects against degenerative joint disorders, yet the mechanisms that underlie these benefits are poorly understood. Chronic, low-grade inflammation is widely implicated in the onset and progression of degenerative joint disease. PURPOSE: To examine the effect of running on knee intra-articular and circulating markers of inflammation and cartilage turnover in healthy men and women. METHODS: Six recreational runners completed a running (30 min) and control (unloaded for 30 min) session in a counterbalanced order...
October 3, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Rafael Azevedo, Marcos David Silva-Cavalcante, Bruno Gualano, Adriano E Lima-Silva, Romulo Bertuzzi
PURPOSE: To examine the effects of caffeine ingestion on physiological and perceptual responses in mentally fatigued individuals. METHODS: Eight male physically active subjects completed four cycling constant-workload tests in four experimental conditions at 80 % of maximal power output: control (C), mental fatigue (MF), mental fatigue plus caffeine ingestion (5 mg/kg) (MF-CAF), and mental fatigue plus placebo (MF-PLA). The mental fatigue was induced by a continuous performance task A-X version (AX-CPT)...
September 30, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Thijs Maria Anne Ackermans, Gaspar Epro, Christopher McCrum, Kai Daniel Oberländer, Frank Suhr, Maarten Robert Drost, Kenneth Meijer, Kiros Karamanidis
PURPOSE: We aimed to determine whether there are different changes in Achilles tendon (AT) mechanical properties in middle-aged, compared to younger runners that might indicate that tendon fatigue, induced by long-distance running, is age-dependent. METHODS: 27 middle-aged (50-67 years) and 22 younger (21-29 years) participants ran a 21 km route at their own pace (mean and SD: old: 3.1 ± 0.3 m s(-1); young: 3.6 ± 0.5 m s(-1)). We tested for changes in the AT force-elongation relationship using dynamometry and ultrasonography during isometric voluntary ankle plantarflexion ramp contractions, conducted 20-28 h pre-run, immediately pre-run, immediately post-run and 20-28 h post-run...
September 30, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Cody T Haun, Wesley C Kephart, Angelia M Holland, Christopher B Mobley, Anna E McCloskey, Joshua J Shake, David D Pascoe, Michael D Roberts, Jeffrey S Martin
INTRODUCTION: Inorganic nitrate ingestion has been posited to affect arterial blood pressure and vascular function. PURPOSE: We sought to determine the acute effect of a red spinach extract (RSE) high in inorganic nitrate on vascular reactivity 1-h after ingestion in peripheral conduit and resistance arteries. METHODS: Fifteen (n = 15; males 8, females 7) apparently healthy subjects (aged 23.1 ± 3.3 years; BMI 27.2 ± 3.7 kg/m(2)) participated in this crossover design, double-blinded study...
September 30, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Liubov E Amirova, Nastassia M Navasiolava, Marie-Pierre Bareille, Arnaud Beck, Elena S Tomilovskaya, Inessa B Kozlovzkaya, Guillemette Gauquelin-Koch, Claude Gharib, Marc-Antoine Custaud
PURPOSE: Walking is a complex locomotor process that involves both spinal cord reflexes and cortical integration of peripheral nerve input. Maintaining an upright body position requires not only neuromuscular activity but also cardiovascular regulation. We postulated that plantar mechanical stimulation might modulate autonomic nervous system activity and, thereby, impact blood pressure adaptation during standing. METHODS: Twelve healthy subjects underwent three randomly ordered 45-min 70°-saddle tilt tests while the plantar surfaces of the feet were stimulated using specially engineered Korvit boots in the following modes: (1) no stimulation, (2) disrupted stimulation, and (3) walking mode...
September 29, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Atle Hole Saeterbakken, Vidar Andersen, David G Behm, Espen Krogseth Krohn-Hansen, Mats Smaamo, Marius Steiro Fimland
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to assess the task-specificity (greater improvements in trained compared to non-trained tasks), transferability and time-course adaptations of resistance-training programs with varying instability requirements. METHOD: Thirty-six resistance-trained men were randomized to train chest press 2 days week(-1) for 10 week (6 repetitions × 4 series) using a Swiss ball, Smith machine or dumbbells. A six-repetition maximum-strength test with the aforementioned exercises and traditional barbell chest press were performed by all participants at the first, 7th, 14th and final training session in addition to electromyographic activities of the prime movers measured during isometric bench press...
September 26, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
C L Simpson, S Arefin, R R Smart, B Harwood, Jennifer M Jakobi
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine muscle fascicle properties of the gastrocnemius medialis (GM) during contraction and stretch between males and females. During contraction muscle fascicles shorten and pennation angles increase to generate force. Due to the elastic nature of the attached tendon, the fascicles continue to shorten when maximal force is achieved in order to sustain isometric force and this duration of fascicle shortening (DFS) can be observed with ultrasonography...
September 21, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
E Rindom, M H Nielsen, K Kececi, M E Jensen, K Vissing, J Farup
PURPOSE: The present study investigated the effects of high- versus low-quality protein supplementation on the regain of exercise performance during recovery from a period of high-intensity resistance training. METHODS: In a diet-controlled crossover study, 12 resistance-trained participants performed two identical training periods, with each training period including four sessions of high-intensity resistance exercise during 5 days, while receiving either high- or low-quality protein...
September 20, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Fabio Borrani, Grégoire P Millet
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September 16, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Albertas Skurvydas, Gediminas Mamkus, Sigitas Kamandulis, Vilma Dudoniene, Dovile Valanciene, Håkan Westerblad
PURPOSE: Force production frequently remains depressed for several hours or even days after various types of strenuous physical exercise. We hypothesized that the pattern of force changes during the first hour after exercise can be used to reveal muscular mechanisms likely to underlie the decline in muscle performance during exercise as well as factors involved in the triggering the prolonged force depression after exercise. METHODS: Nine groups of recreationally active male volunteers performed one of the following types of exercise: single prolonged or repeated short maximum voluntary contractions (MVCs); single or repeated all-out cycling bouts; repeated drop jumps...
September 16, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Jakob Škarabot, Ruben Perellón Alfonso, Neil Cronin, Jure Bon, Vojko Strojnik, Janne Avela
PURPOSE: Interhemispheric inhibition may play a role in the expression of bilateral deficit in force (BLD). This study investigated whether the degree of BLD is reflected in the nature of interhemispheric interaction during unilateral and bilateral contractions. METHODS: Subjects divided into three groups, 'bilateral' (n = 7), 'unilateral' (n = 5) and 'control' (n = 8), performed unilateral and bilateral maximal voluntary isometric knee extensions while receiving electrical stimulation, and transcranial magnetic stimulation of the target and ipsilateral muscles...
September 14, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Nathalie Linn Anikken Holme, Erling Bekkestad Rein, Maja Elstad
PURPOSE: Hypovolemia decreases preload and cardiac stroke volume. Cardiac stroke volume (SV) and its variability (cardiac stroke volume variability, SVV) have been proposed as clinical tools for detection of acute hemorrhage. We compared three non-invasive SV measurements and investigated if respiration-induced fluctuations in SV may detect mild and moderate hypovolemia in spontaneously breathing humans. METHODS: Ten healthy subjects underwent experimental central hypovolemia induced by lower body negative pressure to -60 mmHg or onset of presyncopal symptoms...
September 10, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Yvonne Kilian, Florian Engel, Patrick Wahl, Silvia Achtzehn, Billy Sperlich, Joachim Mester
PURPOSE: The aim of the present study was to compare the effects of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) vs high-volume training (HVT) on salivary stress markers [cortisol (sC), testosterone (sT), alpha-amylase (sAA)], metabolic and cardiorespiratory response in young athletes. METHODS: Twelve young male cyclists (14 ± 1 years; 57.9 ± 9.4 mL min(-1) kg(-1) peak oxygen uptake) performed one session of HIIT (4 × 4 min intervals at 90-95 % peak power output separated by 3 min of active rest) and one session of HVT (90 min constant load at 60 % peak power output)...
September 10, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
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