Human Muscle Fatigue / Edition 1

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When human muscle fatigues, athletic performance becomes impaired. For those individuals suffering muscle or metabolic diseases the effects of muscle fatigue can make everyday tasks difficult. Understanding the scientific processes responsible for skeletal muscle fatigue is therefore central to the study of the physiology of sport, exercise and health.

Written by a team of leading international exercise scientists, this book explores the mechanisms of muscle fatigue and presents a comprehensive survey of current research on this important topic. Examining the wide variety of protocols, assessment methods and exercise models used to study muscle fatigue, the book explores the differential effects of fatigue as influenced by:

  • age
  • gender
  • fitness and training
  • the use of ergogenic aids
  • medical conditions including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and glycogenosis.

Human Muscle Fatigue covers both clinical and applied approaches in sport and exercise physiology and devotes an entire section to the conceptual framework underpinning research in this area, helping readers from a wide range of backgrounds to engage with the topic. Accessible and detailed, this book is a key text for students and practitioners working in exercise and sports science, medicine, physical therapy and health.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415453271
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/18/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig A. Williams is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre, School of Sport Health Sciences at the University of Exeter, UK. Craig’s research interests are within the area of children’s fatigue and high-intensity exercise. Sébastien Ratel is Senior Lecturer and member of the Laboratory of Exercise Biology at the University of Blaise Pascal. His current research interests include the use of 31P-magnetic resonance spectroscopy to investigate the muscle metabolic responses of children during exercise, and muscle fatigue and recovery from high-intensity exercise in children.

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Table of Contents

List of figures ix

List of tables xiii

List of contributors xiv

Preface xvii

Part I The conceptual framework of muscle fatigue 1

1 Definitions of muscle fatigue Craig A. Williams Sébastien Ratel 3

2 Measurement methods of muscle fatigue Nicola A. Maffiuletti David Bendahan 17

3 Cellular mechanisms of skeletal muscle fatigue HÅkan Westerblad David G. Allen 48

Part II Fatigue and extraneous factors 77

4 Muscle fatigue in children Sébastien Ratel Pascale Duché Craig A. Williams 79

5 Muscle fatigue in elderly people Jane A. Kent-Braun Damien M. Callahan Stephen A. Foulis Linda H. Chung 103

6 Sex differences in muscle fatigue David W. Russ 135

7 Fatigue and training status Gregory C. Bogdanis 164

8 Ergogenic aids and fatigue during multiple-sprint exercise David Bishop 205

Part III Fatigue and pathophysiology 243

9 Fatigue and neuromuscular diseases Christine K. Thomas Marine Dididze Inge Zijdewind 245

10 Muscle fatigue in muscular dystrophies N.B.M. Voet A.C.H. Geurts G. Bleijenberg M.J. Zwarts G.W. Padberg B.G.M. Van Engelen 285

11 Fatigue and weakness in patients with inflammatory myopathies: dermatomyositis, polymyositis and inclusion body myositis Jane H. Park Brittany C. Lee Nancy J. Olsen 313

12 Muscle fatigue in metabolic myopathies Ronald G. Haller John Vissing 338

Index 360

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