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Examination of a neural cross-over effect using resting mechanomyographic mean frequency from the vastus lateralis muscle in different resting positions following aerobic exercise.

Examination of a neural cross-over effect using resting mechanomyographic mean frequency from the vastus lateralis muscle in different resting positions following aerobic exercise.

Eur J Appl Physiol. 2016 May;116(5):919-29

Authors: Wages NP, Beck TW, Ye X, Carr JC


PURPOSE: To evaluate the potential neural cross-over effect between the vastus lateralis muscles in different postural resting positions.
METHODS: Subjects exercised on an upright cycle ergometer, using only their dominate leg, for 2 min at 30 % VO2 peak. Following this warm-up, subjects then cycled (still using only their dominant leg) for 30 min at 60 % VO2 peak. After the aerobic phase, subjects cooled down (again, using only their dominant leg) for 2 min at 30 % VO2 peak. Resting mechanomyography mean frequency was measured prior to and following aerobic exercise.
RESULTS: There was an approximate 6.3 ± 6.8 and a 10 ± 5.1 % increase (upright sitting position with the subject's knee joint angle fixed at 180°); an approximate 7 ± 6.6 and a 16.1 ± 6.5 % increase (upright sitting position with the subject's knee joint angle fixed at 90°); an approximate 0.5 ± 6.8 and 3.7 ± 5.6 % increase (lying supine position with the subject's knee joint angle fixed at 180°); and an approximately 2 ± 8.3 and 2.5 ± 8.6 % increase (lying supine position with the subject's knee joint angle fixed at 90°) in normalized mechanomyography mean frequency after aerobic exercise for the dominant and non-dominate vastus lateralis muscles, respectfully.
CONCLUSION: There appears to be a statistically significant neural cross-over effect for the vastus lateralis muscle, during three of the four postural resting positions, with the non-dominant vastus lateralis muscle having a greater increase in mechanomyography mean frequency.

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