The effect of baseline metabolic rate on pulmonary O₂ uptake kinetics during very heavy intensity exercise in boys and men
Breese, Brynmor C.
Jones, Andrew M.
Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology
This study tested the hypothesis that pulmonary VO₂ kinetics would be slowed during 'work-to-work' exercise in adults but not in children. Eight boys (mean age=12.5 ± 0.5 years) and nine men completed very heavy step transitions initiated from either 'unloaded' pedalling (U→VH) or unloaded-to-moderate cycling (i.e. U→M to M→VH). The phase II τ was significantly (p<0.05) lengthened in M→VH compared to U→M and U→VH in boys (30 ± 5 vs. 19 ± 5 vs. 21 ± 5 s) and men (49 ± 14 vs. 30 ± 5 vs. 34 ± 8 s). In U→VH, a greater relative VO₂ slow component temporally coincided with an increased linear iEMG slope in men compared boys (VO₂ slow component: 16 ± 3 vs. 11 ± 4%; iEMG slope: 0.19 ± 0.24 vs. -0.06 ± 0.14%, p<0.05). These results suggest that an age-linked modulation of VO₂ kinetics might be influenced by alterations in muscle fibre recruitment following the onset of exercise.
addresses: Children's Health and Exercise Research Centre, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, UK.
Copyright © 2012 Elsevier. NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology, 2012, 180 (2-3), pp. 223 – 229 DOI: 10.1016/j.resp.2011.11.013
Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology, 2012, Vol. 180, Issue 2-3, pp. 223 - 229
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