Special Issue "Research on Neuromuscular Function, Recovery and Physiological Adaptation"

A special issue of Sports (ISSN 2075-4663).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Stuart Goodall

University of Northumbria, Newcastle, United Kingdom
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Interests: fatigue; peripheral stimulation; performance; recovery; transcranial magnetic stimulation; sex differences
Guest Editor
Prof. Glyn Howatson

University of Northumbria, Newcastle, United Kingdom
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Interests: exercise physiology, muscle damage, recovery, nutrition, performance

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Understanding the mechanisms that underpin neuromuscular function, how they are altered with exercise and subsequent recovery, is key to understanding the potential for adaptation. A large body of evidence exists within the sports science literature, showing how neuromuscular function is modulated following many different exercise modes. Commonly, non-invasive methods of stimulation are used to quantify such effects. Furthermore, depending on the type of exercise performed, neuromuscular function can require several days to recover. As such, an interesting avenue for research is to investigate the ability of different recovery strategies to enhance neuromuscular function in the days following exercise. It is also of importance to understand the potential change in neuromuscular function that underpins adaptation to different exercise modes and training stimuli. Accordingly, this Special Issue welcomes submissions that will add to the existing body of literature seeking to understand neuromuscular function, recovery, and adaptation.

Dr. Stuart Goodall
Prof. Glyn Howatson
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • adaptation
  • contraction
  • exercise
  • fatigue
  • muscle
  • neuromuscular
  • performance
  • recovery
  • stimulation
  • strength

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: More short-time recovery of peripheral fatigue after short compared with long duration time trial

Author: Christian Froyd

Abstract: Recovery kinetics of neuromuscular fatigue for exercise time trials (TT) of different duration is not well known. The aim of this study was to determine if TTs of different duration would result in different recovery kinetics for parameters of muscle function. Twelve trained subjects performed TTs lasting 3, 10, and 40 min with repetitive self-paced concentric right knee extension on an isokinetic dynamometer. Neuromuscular function was assessed immediately (< 2 s) in addition to 1, 2, 4 and 8 min after completion of the TTs using maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) and electrical stimulation. Despite most methods of electrical stimulation elicited similar reduction in electrically evoked forces at exercise cessation, all values were higher and less reduced compared with pre-exercise (P < 0.05) for 3-min TT compared with 40-min TT after 1-8 min of recovery. MVC force was not different between the trials in the recovery period. Four minutes after exercise cessation, electrically evoked forces increased more (P < 0.05) from exercise cessation for 3-min TT compared with 40-min TT. Peripheral fatigue was lower and recovered more for a short compared with a long TT, demonstrating that recovery of peripheral fatigue depends on the duration and intensity of self-paced exercise, and perhaps suggest different contractile mechanisms influencing performance.


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