Ergogenic Effects of Bihemispheric Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Fitness: A Randomized Cross-over Trial: International Journal of Sports Medicine

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Abstract

Several types of routines and methods have been experimented to gain neuromuscular advantages, in terms of exercise performance, in athletes and fitness enthusiasts. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the impact of biemispheric transcranial direct current stimulation on physical fitness indicators of healthy, physically active, men. In a randomized, single-blinded, crossover fashion, seventeen subjects (age: 30.9 ± 6.5 years, BMI: 24.8±3.1 kg/m2) underwent either stimulation or sham, prior to: vertical jump, sit & reach, and endurance running tests. Mixed repeated measures anova revealed a large main effect of stimulation for any of the three physical fitness measures. Stimulation determined increases of lower limb power (+ 5%), sit & reach amplitude (+ 9%) and endurance running capacity (+ 12%) with respect to sham condition (0.16
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-73
Number of pages8
JournalInt. J. Sports Med.
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • exercise training
  • motor cortex M1
  • neuromodulation
  • physical fitness
  • portable brain stimulation
  • tDCS
  • adult
  • analysis of variance
  • article
  • body mass
  • brain depth stimulation
  • clinical article
  • controlled study
  • endurance
  • exercise
  • human
  • human experiment
  • lower limb
  • male
  • motor cortex
  • randomized controlled trial
  • running
  • transcranial direct current stimulation

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