Muscular fatigue and recovery following alternating isometric contractions at different levels of force

Mark W Cornwall, L. P. Krock, L. M. Wagner

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The purpose of this study was to document the amount and rate of muscular fatigue during alternating levels of isometric contraction similar to that found during the Simulated Aerial Combat Maneuver (SACM). In addition, the time needed to recover from such an exercise was examined. Twenty males between the ages of 22 and 35 years performed an isometric contraction of their right quadriceps muscle at alternating levels of tension (20 and 50% maximum voluntary contraction) until exhaustion. The time at each contraction level was 10 s. After each exhaustive exercise bout, subjects were assigned to one of six recovery intervals (10, 20, 40, 60, 120, and 240 min) followed by a repeat of the exhaustive exercise. All subjects were tested under each of the six recovery intervals. Results showed that the amplitude (RMS) of the myoelectric signal increased while the frequency content of the signal (MPF) decreased over the course of the fatiguing activity. Endurance time (ET) was found to be significantly (p < 0.05) recovered (90.96%) within 60 min after stopping the exercise. Although MPF returned to its prefatigue value within 10 min of rest, the RMS value had still not recovered after 4 h.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-314
Number of pages6
JournalAviation Space and Environmental Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Medicine(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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