Physical activity level does not influence the neuromuscular fatigue in adults

Frank Shiguemitsu Suzuki, Marcelo Martins Kalytczak, Cesar Augusto de Souza Casarin, Andrey Jorge Serra, Alexandre Lopes Evangelista, Paulo Henrique Marchetti, Fabiano Politti, Angelica Castilho Alonso, Aylton José Figueira Junior, Julien Baker, Danilo Sales Bocalini

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Introduction:Fatigue during voluntary muscle contractions is a complex and multifactorial phenomenon associated with central changes and adaptations of the neuromuscular system.
Objective:The purpose of this study was to evaluate the fatigue induced by intermittent successive extension of the knee between active and inactive university students. Method: Twenty healthy men (≥18 years), voluntarily participated in this study. To determine the maximum voluntary isometric contraction (MVIC) of the knee extensors muscle group, three sets of isometric contractions of knee extension were performed for five seconds with five minutes of rest between sets. The fatigue protocol consisted of 10 sets of 10 maximal concentric contractions of the extensor on the right knee, performed at 75% of MVIC with an interval of 45".
Results:Significant reductions were observed (p<0.01), both in isometric strength (-34±4%) and the dynamic strength (-40 ± 3%). In addition, the slope of relationship strength x repetition was -0.79±0.07 Nm/repetitions and the magnitude of the effect reached -8.90.
Conclusion:The protocol was useful to induce peripheral fatigue, although muscle strength is greater in the active group. In both isometric and dynamic action, muscle fatigue did not differ between groups.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRevista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016


  • muscle strength
  • dynamometer
  • knee
  • isometric contraction


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