The purpose of this study was to investigate fiber type-related differences in the patterns of responses for mechanomyographic-electromyographic (MMG-EMG) cross spectrum mean power frequency (MPF) in resistance-trained and aerobically-trained subjects during a fatiguing muscle action. Five resistance-trained and five aerobically-trained men performed a 45-s isometric muscle action of the dominant leg extensors at 50 % MVC while MMG and EMG signals were recorded simultaneously from the vastus lateralis muscle. In addition, a biopsy was taken to determine the myosin heavy chain (MHC) isoform content of the vastus lateralis. The resistance-trained and aerobically-trained subjects demonstrated similar patterns of responses for MMG-EMG cross spectrum MPF during the sustained muscle action. The vastus lateralis of the resistance-trained subjects demonstrated primarily Type II MHC isoform expression, indicative of fast-twitch muscle fibers, while that of the aerobically-trained subjects was composed mostly of Type I MHC isoform expression, indicative of slow-twitch fibers. Thus, the differences in fiber type characteristics were not manifested in the patterns of responses for MMG-EMG cross spectrum MPF.
- Cross spectrum
- Muscle fiber type
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation