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Muscle Cooling and Performance: A Review

Halder, Amitava LU and Gao, Chuansi LU (2014) In European Journal of Sports Medicine 2(1). p.39-48
Abstract
Objectives: Skeletal muscle performance is determined by muscle temperature. This paper

presents a review of the research literature to contribute to a better understanding of the

physiological mechanisms of muscle fatigue and performance in cold exposure and in repetitive

or sustained physical exertion in terms of isometric maximal force production,

electromyographic activities, and gait ground reaction forces.

Materials and Methods: The PubMed and MEDLINE databases were searched for relevant

articles in English. The titles and abstracts of all identified studies were initially screened by

the first author to determine whether they could be included. Relevant articles were... (More)
Objectives: Skeletal muscle performance is determined by muscle temperature. This paper

presents a review of the research literature to contribute to a better understanding of the

physiological mechanisms of muscle fatigue and performance in cold exposure and in repetitive

or sustained physical exertion in terms of isometric maximal force production,

electromyographic activities, and gait ground reaction forces.

Materials and Methods: The PubMed and MEDLINE databases were searched for relevant

articles in English. The titles and abstracts of all identified studies were initially screened by

the first author to determine whether they could be included. Relevant articles were considered

for full text analysis. The reference lists of the relevant studies were also checked.

Results: The review showed that different cooling methods have been used in the research

settings. Current applications are reported of cold exposure to assess muscle strength through

maximum voluntary contraction and functional activities, manual work of the upper limbs,

gait and balance, fall risks, and mobility of the lower limbs. The review also showed that

neuromuscular functions are impaired at 0° to 25°C of cold water immersion for 10 to 40 min

where loss of strength and fatigue occurred in the limb muscles. Although some of the findings

in previous studies about isometric force production in cooled muscles and joints are

controversial, this review found that impeded strength is relatively well-established.

Conclusions: Cooling in cold water at certain temperatures can influence our maximum muscle

performance but may not impact daily activities. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Objectives: Skeletal muscle performance is determined by muscle temperature. This paper<br/><br>
presents a review of the research literature to contribute to a better understanding of the<br/><br>
physiological mechanisms of muscle fatigue and performance in cold exposure and in repetitive<br/><br>
or sustained physical exertion in terms of isometric maximal force production,<br/><br>
electromyographic activities, and gait ground reaction forces.<br/><br>
Materials and Methods: The PubMed and MEDLINE databases were searched for relevant<br/><br>
articles in English. The titles and abstracts of all identified studies were initially screened by<br/><br>
the first author to determine whether they could be included. Relevant articles were considered<br/><br>
for full text analysis. The reference lists of the relevant studies were also checked.<br/><br>
Results: The review showed that different cooling methods have been used in the research<br/><br>
settings. Current applications are reported of cold exposure to assess muscle strength through<br/><br>
maximum voluntary contraction and functional activities, manual work of the upper limbs,<br/><br>
gait and balance, fall risks, and mobility of the lower limbs. The review also showed that<br/><br>
neuromuscular functions are impaired at 0° to 25°C of cold water immersion for 10 to 40 min<br/><br>
where loss of strength and fatigue occurred in the limb muscles. Although some of the findings<br/><br>
in previous studies about isometric force production in cooled muscles and joints are<br/><br>
controversial, this review found that impeded strength is relatively well-established.<br/><br>
Conclusions: Cooling in cold water at certain temperatures can influence our maximum muscle<br/><br>
performance but may not impact daily activities.},
  author       = {Halder, Amitava and Gao, Chuansi},
  issn         = {1792-4979},
  keyword      = {Gait ground reaction forces,Isometric muscle strength,Peripheral cooling,Electromyography,Fatigue},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {39--48},
  series       = {European Journal of Sports Medicine},
  title        = {Muscle Cooling and Performance: A Review},
  volume       = {2},
  year         = {2014},
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