The relationship between blood potassium, blood lactate, and electromyography signals related to fatigue in a progressive cycling exercise test Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Tenan, Matthew S.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
  • Local muscle fatigue may be related to potassium efflux from the muscle cell and lactate accumulation within the muscle. However, this has not been verified. The primary purpose of this investigation was to determine if there was a relationship between fatigue related changes in median power frequency (MPF) of EMG signals from the vastus lateralis and blood lactate (LAC) or potassium (K) during a progressive cycling test. This was tested in eight trained cyclists and triathletes under normal and glycogen reduced conditions to modify the LAC environment. No significant relationships were found between LAC (p>0.27) or K (p>0.16) in either condition during exercise or recovery. Though both lactate and potassium have been implicated as factors relating to neuromuscular fatigue, neither is significantly related to changes in MPF during or after progressive exercise on a cycle ergometer.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science (Exercise Physiology specialization)."
  • McMurray, Robert G.
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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