USE OF NEUROMUSCULAR FATIGUE IN DETERMINATION OF OPTIMAL CYCLING PEDALLING RATE FOR FEEDBACK TRAINING

  • Danny P. Chu
  • Youlian Hong
Keywords: cycling, pedalling rate, neuromuscular fatigue, integrated electromyogram

Abstract

The objective of this study were 1) to find out the individual optimal pedalling rate in noncyclist during pedalling exercise and 2) to assess the effectiveness of the feedback training program on cadence acquisition. Three sessions of the criterion exercise, composed of warm-up exercise and main exercise were performed on the Cateye cyclosimulator on which an on-road bike with SRM powermeter was mounted for pedalling rate and power determinations. During the criterion exercise, the myoelectric signals were recorded by the surface electromyography (EMG) technique. An increase of the integrated EMG (iEMG) as a function of time was found in each session of the pedalling rate. There was significant improvement in pedalling rate error reduction in the experiment group.