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The twitch interpolation technique for study of fatigue of human quadriceps muscle

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The aim of the study was to examine if the twitch interpolation technique could be used to objectively measure fatigue in the quadriceps muscle in subjects performing submaximally. The 'true' maximum isometric quadriceps torque was determined in 21 healthy subject using the twitch interpolation technique. Then an endurance test was performed in which the subjects made repeated isometric contractions at 50% of the 'true' maximum torque for 4 s, separated by 6 s rest periods. During the test, the force response to single electrical stimulation (twitch amplitude) was measured at 50% and 25% of the estimated maximum torque. In 10 subjects, the test was repeated 2-4 weeks later. Twitch amplitudes at 50% of maximum torque declined exponentially with time in 20 of 21 subjects. The distribution of the exponential rate constant was skewed with a mean of 4.6 h-1 and range of 0.3-21.5 h-1. After logarithmical transformation, the distribution of the exponential rate constant fitted closely to a normal distribution, and the inter-individual variation was SD = 1.15 compared to an intra-individual variation of 0.29. The coefficient of correlation for repeated determination was 0.91 (P <0.001, n = 10). In conclusion, the twitch technique can be used for objectively measuring fatigue of the quadriceps muscle.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Neuroscience Methods
Volume62
Issue number1-2
Pages (from-to)103-9
Number of pages7
ISSN0165-0270
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 1995

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