Spinal modulations accompany peripheral fatigue during prolonged tennis playing

  • Girard O
  • Racinais S
  • Micallef J
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Abstract

To examine the time course of alteration in neural process (spinal loop properties) during prolonged tennis playing, 12 competitive players performed a series of neuromuscular tests every 30 min during a 3-h match protocol. Muscle activation (twitch interpolation) and normalized EMG activity were assessed during maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) of plantar flexors. Spinal reflexes and M-waves were evoked at rest (i.e., H(max) and M(max) , respectively) and during MVC (i.e., H(sup) , V-wave, M(sup) , respectively). MVC torque declined significantly (P

Author-supplied keywords

  • Central fatigue
  • EMG
  • Intermittent activity
  • Reflex waves

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Authors

  • Olivier Girard

  • S. Racinais

  • J. P. Micallef

  • G. P. Millet

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