Theoretical Analysis of Oxygen Supply to Contracted Skeletal Muscle

  • K. Groebe
  • G. Thews
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 200)


During the last years a number of authors, especially HONIG and co-workers, worked on the subject of oxygen supply to skeletal muscle and related topics. Nevertheless, up to date no global theoretical model describing adequately the entire O2 transport process to muscle has been developped,even though most efforts restricted themselves to skeletal muscle, working completely aerobically at maximum O2 uptake (\(\dot V_{O_2 \max }\)), in which all motor units are stimulated at each contraction. Reasons for this dilemma are:
  • Only part of the physiological parameters needed for model calculations have been measured under conditions which were presumed for the model.

  • To yield a complete description, a number of quite heterogeneous and apparently incompatible theories and models from diverse branches of physiology and mathematics have to be integrated, which has not been achieved up to now.


Skeletal Muscle Diffusion Layer Resistance Layer Saturation Time Functional Capillary Density 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Groebe
    • 1
  • G. Thews
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of PhysiologyUniv. MainzMainzW.-Germany

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