INFLUENCE OF REST PERIOD ON ELECTRICAL STIMULATION EFFICIENCY

  • Georges Poumarat
  • Robert Chandezon
  • G. Vanneville
  • S. Terver
Keywords: electrical stimulation, training, muscle

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Electrical stimulation (ES) is now widely used as a modality of strengthening in healthy subjects and highly trained athletes. Most of the previous studies have reported that training by ES induces strength gains (Portmann, 1991; Fredon & Poumarat, 1995). Pulse parameters and stimulus regimens are well documented, especially for frequency of stimulation and electrode localization (Ferry & Poumarat, 1994; Ferry et al., 1994). There is a lack of information on training protocols. These should include periodic rest periods to minimize muscle fatigue and maintain an adequate level of contraction during the training session. The aim of this paper is to clarify the effect of rest periods on muscular performance.