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Effect of Cycling Cadence on Neuromuscular Function: A Systematic Review of Acute and Chronic Alterations

INSERM UMR1093-CAPS, UFR des Sciences du Sport, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, F-21000 Dijon, France
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(15), 7912; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157912
Received: 29 May 2021 / Revised: 7 July 2021 / Accepted: 20 July 2021 / Published: 26 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sport Modalities, Performance and Health)
There is a wide range of cadence available to cyclists to produce power, yet they choose to pedal across a narrow one. While neuromuscular alterations during a pedaling bout at non-preferred cadences were previously reviewed, modifications subsequent to one fatiguing session or training intervention have not been focused on. We performed a systematic literature search of PubMed and Web of Science up to the end of 2020. Thirteen relevant articles were identified, among which eleven focused on fatigability and two on training intervention. Cadences were mainly defined as “low” and “high” compared with a range of freely chosen cadences for given power output. However, the heterogeneity of selected cadences, neuromuscular assessment methodology, and selected population makes the comparison between the studies complicated. Even though cycling at a high cadence and high intensity impaired more neuromuscular function and performance than low-cadence cycling, it remains unclear if cycling cadence plays a role in the onset of fatigue. Research concerning the effect of training at non-preferred cadences on neuromuscular adaptation allows us to encourage the use of various training stimuli but not to say whether a range of cadences favors subsequent neuromuscular performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: pedaling rate; pedaling frequency; fatigability; EMG; strength pedaling rate; pedaling frequency; fatigability; EMG; strength
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Mater, A.; Clos, P.; Lepers, R. Effect of Cycling Cadence on Neuromuscular Function: A Systematic Review of Acute and Chronic Alterations. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 7912. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157912

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Mater A, Clos P, Lepers R. Effect of Cycling Cadence on Neuromuscular Function: A Systematic Review of Acute and Chronic Alterations. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(15):7912. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157912

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Mater, Adrien, Pierre Clos, and Romuald Lepers. 2021. "Effect of Cycling Cadence on Neuromuscular Function: A Systematic Review of Acute and Chronic Alterations" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 15: 7912. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157912

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