Oxygen uptake kinetics during horizontal and uphill treadmill running in humans


The aim of this study was to examine the effect of increasing the ratio of concentric to eccentric muscle activation on oxygen uptake (V˙O2) kinetics during treadmill running. Nine subjects [2 women; mean (SD) age 29 (7) years, height 1.77 (0.07) m, body mass 73.0 (7.5) kg] completed incremental treadmill tests to exhaustion at 0% and 10% gradients to establish the gradient-specific ventilatory threshold (VT) and maximal oxygen uptake (V˙O2max). Subsequently, the subjects performed repeated moderate intensity (80% of gradient-specific VT) and heavy intensity (50% of the difference between the gradient specific VT and V˙O2max) square-wave runs with the treadmill gradient set at 0% and 10%. For moderate intensity exercise, there were no significant differences between treadmill gradients for V˙O2 kinetics. For heavy intensity exercise, the amplitude of the primary component of V˙O2 was not significantly different between 0% and 10% treadmill gradients [mean (SEM) 2,940 (196) compared to 2,869 (156) ml·min–1, respectively], but the amplitude of the V˙O2 slow component was significantly greater at the 10% gradient [283 (43) compared to 397 (37) ml·min–1; P<0.05]. These results indicate that the muscle contraction regimen (i.e. the relative contribution of concentric and eccentric muscle action) significantly influences the amplitude of the V˙O2 slow component.

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Pringle, J.S., Carter, H., Doust, J.H. et al. Oxygen uptake kinetics during horizontal and uphill treadmill running in humans. Eur J Appl Physiol 88, 163–169 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00421-002-0687-0

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