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Effect of a 42.2-km footrace and subsequent rest or exercise on muscular strength and work capacity



Effect of a 42.2-km footrace and subsequent rest or exercise on muscular strength and work capacity



Journal of Applied Physiology: Respiratory, Environmental and Exercise Physiology 57(6): 1668-1673



This study 1) quantitates the effect of a 42.2-km footrace (marathon) on leg extensor strength (maximal peak torque, MPT) and work capacity (WC, measured during a leg extensor fatigue test), and 2) describes the effect of either a rest or exercise regimen for 1 wk after the marathon on the recovery of MPT and WC. Ten trained male runners performed personal records in a marathon and were then randomly assigned to either a rest or exercise-recovery group. The rest group did not train, whereas the exercise group ran 20-45 min/day at their selected intensity of exercise [50-60% maximal O2 consumption (Vo2max)] during the recovery week. MPT was measured at 1.1, 3.2, and 5.3 rad X s-1. The total work generated during a 50-contraction active extension-passive flexion fatigue test conducted at 3.2 rad X s-1 was defined as WC. Reports of perceived soreness of the quadriceps were obtained before each strength-testing session. These measurements were obtained before the marathon and 15-20 min and 1, 3, 5, and 7 days postmarathon. A significant reduction in MPT and WC resulted and continued 1 day postmarathon. MPT of both groups improved through day 5 postmarathon at 1.1 and 3.2 rad X s-1. MPT of the rest group improved through day 7 postmarathon but remained less than premarathon MPT. Recovery of MPT was impaired in the exercise group through days 5-7 postmarathon after 40-45 min exercise at 60% Vo2max. WC was recovered 3 days postmarathon in the rest group but was still impaired 7 days postmarathon in the exercise group.

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DOI: 10.1152/jappl.1984.57.6.1668



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