ELECTROMECHANICAL DELAY AND ITS MECHANISMS ARE NOT IMPAIRED FOLLOWING ECCENTRIC EXERCISE
Keywords: electromechanical delay, muscle damage, force transmission, ultrafast ultrasound
AbstractThe aim of the present study was to assess the effect of exercise-induced muscle damage on both electrochemical and mechanical components involved in the electromechanical delay in the gastrocnemius medialis muscle. 15 healthy participants completed 10 sets of 30 maximal eccentric contractions of the plantar flexor muscles at a constant angular velocity of 45°.s-1. Delayed onset muscular soreness, maximal isometric torque, and electromechanical delay were measured before, 1h, and 48h following eccentric exercise. The present study revealed that the time required for both electrochemical and mechanical process involved in electromechanical delay are not impaired by exercise induced muscle damage. This study suggests that the long lasting reduction in force after eccentric exercise cannot be associated to an alteration of the force transmission efficiency.
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