Distribution of Skeletal Muscle Blood Flow During Locomotory Exercise

  • M. Harold Laughlin
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 227)


If submaximal, rhythmic exercise is to be maintained for an extended period of time (60 min for example), the ATP used to fuel muscular contractions must be provided primarily by oxidative metabolism. As a result, oxygen transfer from air to active skeletal muscle tissue must be matched to the metabolic rate of the muscles. In this regard, up to this point in this symposium, we have considered the determinants of blood oxygenation. The transfer of the oxygenated blood to the skeletal muscle capillaries is the next step in the oxygen transport process. After this convective process, oxygen transfer into the myocytes is determined by the perfused capillarity of the tissue and the determinants of diffusion (i.e., O2 concentrations in blood and tissue, diffusion distance, etc.).


Muscle Fiber Type Muscle Blood Flow Fiber Type Composition Blood Flow Distribution Tetanic Contraction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Harold Laughlin
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  1. 1.Department of Biomedical Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine and Dalton Research CenterUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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