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Caffeine Ingestion Attenuates Fatigue-induced Loss of Muscle Torque Complexity.

Pethick, Jamie and Winter, Samantha L and Burnley, Mark (2018) 'Caffeine Ingestion Attenuates Fatigue-induced Loss of Muscle Torque Complexity.' Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 50 (2). 236 - 245. ISSN 0195-9131

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Abstract

The temporal structure, or complexity, of muscle torque output decreases with neuromuscular fatigue. The role of central fatigue in this process is unclear. Purpose We tested the hypothesis that caffeine administration would attenuate the fatigue-induced loss of torque complexity. Methods Eleven healthy participants performed intermittent isometric contractions of the knee extensors to task failure at a target torque of 50% maximal voluntary contraction, with a 60% duty factor (6-s contraction, 4-s rest), 60 min after ingesting 6 mg·kg−1 caffeine or a placebo. Torque and surface EMG signals were sampled continuously. Complexity and fractal scaling of torque were quantified using approximate entropy (ApEn) and the detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA) α scaling exponent. Global, central, and peripheral fatigue was quantified using maximal voluntary contractions with femoral nerve stimulation. Results Caffeine ingestion increased endurance by 30% ± 16% (mean ± SD; P = 0.019). Complexity decreased in both trials (decreased ApEn, increased DFA α; both P < 0.01), as global, central, and peripheral fatigue developed (all P < 0.01). Complexity decreased significantly more slowly after caffeine ingestion (ApEn, −0.04 ± 0.02 vs –0.06 ± 0.01 (P = 0.004); DFA α, 0.03 ± 0.02 vs 0.04 ± 0.03 (P = 0.024)), as did the rates of global (−18.2 ± 14.1 vs –23.0 ± 17.4 N·m·min−1, P = 0.004) and central (−3.5 ± 3.4 vs –5.7 ± 3.9 %·min−1, P = 0.02) but not peripheral (−6.1 ± 4.1 vs –7.9 ± 6.3 N·m·min−1, P = 0.06) fatigue. Conclusions Caffeine ingestion slowed the fatigue-induced loss of torque complexity and increased the time to task failure during intermittent isometric contractions, most likely through central mechanisms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Knee, Muscle, Skeletal, Femoral Nerve, Humans, Caffeine, Electromyography, Electric Stimulation, Muscle Fatigue, Isometric Contraction, Torque, Adult, Female, Male, Muscle Strength Dynamometer, Young Adult
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2021 13:23
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2021 13:23
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29992

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