Skeletal muscle oxygenation during incremental exercise

Ken-ichi Shibuya, Junya Tanaka
Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry 2003, 111 (5): 475-8
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between muscle oxygenation level at exhaustion and maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) in an incremental cycling exercise. Nine male subjects took part in an incremental exhaustive cycling exercise, and then cuff occlusion was performed. Changes in oxy-(deltaHbO2) and deoxy-(deltaHb) hemoglobin concentrations in the vastus lateralis muscle were measured with a near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). Muscle oxygenation during incremental exercise was expressed as a percentage (%Moxy) of the maximal range observed during an arterial occlusion as the lower reference point. A systematic decrease was observed in %Moxy with increasing intensity. A significant relationship was observed between %Moxy at exhaustion and VO2max (p < 0.01). We concluded that the one of the limiting factor of VO2max is the muscle oxygen diffusion capacity, and %Moxy during exercise could be one of the indexes of muscle oxygen diffusion capacity.

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