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Special Issue "Eccentric Exercise: Adaptations and Applications for Health and Performance"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2019).
Dr. Michael O. Harris-Love Website E-Mail
Physical Therapy Program, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, Colorado, USA
Interests: rehabilitation; aging; kinesiology; body composition; musculoskeletal disorders; strength and conditioning; health promotion
Dr. Jared M. Gollie Website E-Mail
Muscle Morphology, Mechanics, and Performance Laboratory, Washington DC VA Medical Center, and the Department of Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, George Washington University
Interests: fatigability, neuromuscular physiology, rehabilitation, human performance, resistance training
Eccentric muscle actions—which yield net force production during active muscle lengthening—remain both a scientific curiosity and a ubiquitous element of mobility and task performance. Over 90 years have passed since A. V. Hill and his protégé, Wallace Fenn, provided keen insights into what physiologists now regard as the “negative Fenn effect”, whereby a given force produced through eccentric muscle actions requires lower metabolic cost in comparison to isometric and concentric muscle actions. Incremental advances have given rise to important findings regarding the bioenergetics of eccentric muscle actions and the peculiarities of the force–velocity curve during “negative work” exercises. Methods ranging from molecular approaches and various bioimaging techniques to mechanical modeling have led to important lines of investigation, including the “winding filament” hypothesis and the role of titin in active force enhancement, the impact of in vivo muscle mechanics on eccentric force production, variation in neuromuscular activation strategies based on muscle action mode, and the differential morphological muscle and tendon adaptions that result from chronic eccentric muscle actions.
Importantly, the unique characteristics of eccentric muscle actions have stimulated interest in the use of eccentric exercise in a wide variety of experimental and applied settings. The application of eccentric exercise has evolved from a model to induce muscle damage under laboratory conditions, to selected forms of strengthening exercise used to enhance sports performance, and most recently as an approach to identify musculoskeletal injury risk in sport and as a form of therapeutic exercise for clinical and athletic populations. Despite advancements in the understanding of the benefits of eccentric exercise, fundamental questions regarding optimal exercise prescription remain. This Special Issue of the Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology will focus on addressing the existing evidence gaps concerning the mechanisms of eccentric muscle exercise adaptations and the emerging applications of this unique form of exercise. Topics may include, but are not limited to, those addressing the adaptive changes in muscle ultrastructure and gross morphology, the neurophysiological control of eccentric muscle actions, the interaction of tissue and joint mechanics during eccentric muscle actions, dosage–response paradigms for eccentric exercise in sport and clinical populations, and feasibility or efficacy evidence concerning the use of eccentric muscle actions for the quantification of injury risk rehabilitation purposes.
Dr. Michael O. Harris-Love
Dr. Jared M Gollie
Dr. Justin Keogh
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- eccentric muscle actions
- skeletal muscle
- eccentric exercise
- motor control
- muscle activation
- cell signaling
- chronic disease