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Title: Markers of isometric training intensity and reductions in resting blood pressure
Authors: Devereux, Gavin R.
Wiles, Jonathan D.
Swaine, Ian
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social & Health Sciences
Keywords: Local muscular fatigue
Surface electromyography
Leg extension
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)Taylor & Francis, available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2011.552113
Citation: Devereux, G.R., Wiles, J.D. and Swaine, I. 2011. Markers of isometric training intensity and reductions in resting blood pressure. Journal of Sports Sciences. 29(7): pp.715-724. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2011.552113
Abstract: In this study, we examined the correlations between selected markers of isometric training intensity and subsequent reductions in resting blood pressure. Thirteen participants performed a discontinuous incremental isometric exercise test to volitional exhaustion at which point mean torque for the final 2-min stage (2min-torquepeak) and peak heart rate peak (HRpeak) were identified. Also, during 4 weeks of training (3 sessions per week, comprising 4 2 min bilateral leg isometric exercise at 95% HRpeak), heart rate (HRtrain), torque (Torquetrain), and changes in EMG amplitude (ΔEMGamp) and frequency (ΔEMGfreq) were determined. The markers of training intensity were: Torquetrain relative to the 2min-torquepeak (%2min-torquepeak), EMG relative to EMGpeak (%EMGpeak), HRtrain ΔEMGamp, ΔEMGfreq, and %MVC. Mean systolic (-4.9 mmHg) and arterial blood pressure (-2.7mmHg) reductions correlated with %2min-torquepeak (r = -0.65, P = 0.02 and r = -0.59, P = 0.03), ΔEMGamp (r = 0.66, P = 0.01 and r = 0.59, P = 0.03), ΔEMGfreq (r = -0.67, P = 0.01 and r = -0.64, P = 0.02), and %EMGpeak (systolic blood pressure only; r = -0.63, P = 0.02). These markers best reflect the association between isometric training intensity and reduction in resting blood pressure observed after bilateral leg isometric exercise training.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/872
ISSN: 0264-0414
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