Muscular Endurance And Surface Electromyogram In Isometric And Dynamic Exercise.
Published 1981 · Chemistry, Medicine
In nine male volunteers, the endurance time for sustained isometric exercise (right-angle elbow flexion) and dynamic exercise (continuous concentric and eccentric elbow flexions) was measured at different contraction levels. Intermittent isometric exercises were also performed by four of the subjects in whom surface electromyographic elbow flexor recordings were obtained during the three types of exercise. A rapid decrease of the endurance time was seen at contraction levels above 15-20% of the maximum voluntary contraction for both the sustained isometric and dynamic exercise. There were no significant difference between the regression of the endurance time vs. the contraction level for the sustained isometric exercise and that of the dynamic exercise. However, the endurance time was enhanced in the intermittent isometric exercise compared with the sustained isometric exercise. The development of muscle fatigue was well correlated to change of the myoelectric rootmean-square amplitude and the mean power frequency. Differences in exercise did not significantly affect the relation between the time constant of the mean power frequency decrease and the endurance time.