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Recovery patterns after local muscular fatigue for different levels of isometric strength

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135 male subjects were randomized into three major experimental groups and given 30 repeated isometric wrist flexion trials. Each trial was a 5-second maximal exertion. An intertriai rest pause of either 5, 10, or 20 seconds was allowed in each major group. After the fatigue series, subjects were followed for recovery by securing a 2-second maximal contraction each minute for a period of 10 minutes. Based upon the first two trials in the fatigue series, subjects in each major experimental group were divided into subgroups representing high, middle, and low levels of strength. Recovery patterns were analyzed by an analysis of variance of trends. Although different levels of strength demonstrated dissimilar fatigue patterns, their 10-minute recovery patterns were similar differing only in absolute level. After the fatigue series with 10- and 20-second intertriai rest pauses, low level strength groups showed a recovery pattern which rose significantly above initial maximum strength.

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Kroll, W. Recovery patterns after local muscular fatigue for different levels of isometric strength. Int. Z. Angew. Physiol. Einschl. Arbeitsphysiol. 23, 331–339 (1967).

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