Soundmyogram analysis during sustained maximal voluntary contraction in sprinters and long distance runners

C. Orizio, A. Veicsteinas

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The aim of this study was to describe the influence of the different fiber type composition of the vastus lateralis muscle on the soundmyogram (SMG) time and frequency domain characteristics. The SMG was recorded from the vastus lateralis belly during exhausting maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) of the leg extensors in 7 sprinters (SPR) and 7 long distance runners (LDR). Seven sedentary males (SED) were investigated in the same experimental conditions. In the SPR the effort time was shorter and the MVC was greater while the SMG root mean square and the SMG frequency content, at the onset of contraction, were higher than in the SED and LDR, respectively. Throughout exertion the SMG RMS showed clear reduction for SPR and SED only and the SMG power spectra presented a compression towards the lower frequencies. The reported phenomena were less pronounced in the LDR than in 5PR and SED. These results can be explained when the differences in the % of fast twitch fibers area, belonging to stronger and more fatiguing F motor units, in the three groups of subjects are considered and suggest that SMG characteristics reflect the muscle fiber typing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)594-599
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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