Muscle Oxygenation by Near Infrared Spectroscopy and Lactate Thresholds in Endurance Trained and Recreationally Active Cyclists
The development of noninvasive near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to monitor tissue oxyghemoglobin/myoglobin saturation provides a means of continuously and noninvasively monitoring muscle oxygenation during exercise (1-3). The lactate threshold has been. used to gauge endurance training (4,5). It would be of interest to determine whether the noninvasive monitoring of muscle oxygenation can be used as a surrogate marker of lactate threshold or as a gauge of conditioning during endurance training. The ability to identify the lactate threshold by a noninvasive, continuous monitor such as NIRS would greatly aid athletes in assessing their level of performance during training and to guide that training.
KeywordsBlood Lactate Endurance Training Recreationally Active Near Infrared Spectroscopy Lactate Threshold
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