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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Comparisons of muscle oxygenation changes between arm and leg muscles during incremental rowing exercise with near-infrared spectroscopy
Author(s): Zhongxing Zhang; Bangde Wang; Hui Gong; Guodong Xu; Shoko Nioka; Britton Chance
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Paper Abstract

Our purpose is to compare the changes in muscle oxygenation in the vastus lateralis (VL) and biceps brachii (BB) muscles simultaneously using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) during incremental rowing exercise in eight rowers. Based on the BB and VL muscle oxygenation patterns, two points are used to characterize the muscle oxygenation kinetics in both the arm and the leg muscles. The first point is the breaking point (Bp), which refers to an accelerated fall in muscle oxygenation that correlates with the gas exchange threshold (GET). The second point is the leveling-off point (Lo), which suggests the upper limit of O2 extraction. The GET occurred at 63.3±2.4% of maximal oxygen uptake (V-dot O2 max). The Bp appeared at 45.0±3.8% and 55.6±2.4% V-dot O2 max in the BB and VL, respectively. The Lo appeared at 63.6±4.1% and 86.6±1.0% V-dot O2 max in these two muscles, respectively. Both the Bp and the Lo occurred earlier in BB compared with VL. These results suggest that arm muscles have lower oxidative capacity than leg muscles during rowing exercise. The rowers with higher exercise performances showed heavier workloads, as evaluated by Bp and Lo. The monitoring of muscle oxygenation by NIRS in arm and leg muscles during rowing could be a useful guide for evaluation and training.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 2010
PDF: 8 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 15(1) 017007 doi: 10.1117/1.3309741
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 15, Issue 1
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Zhongxing Zhang, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Bangde Wang, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Hui Gong, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Guodong Xu, Wuhan Institute of Physical Education (China)
Shoko Nioka, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Britton Chance, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)

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