May 1, 1977

Anaerobic performance capacity in athletes

Acta Physiologica Scandinavica
P V KomiV Vihko


Anaerobic performance characteristics of the whole body and at muscle tissue level were studied in 89 athletes and 31 reference subjects. The main parameters were vertical velocity during running up the stairs, maximal isometric force of leg extensor muscles, blood lactate concentration after maximal treadmill running test, percentage of fast twitch muscle fibers (% FT fibers), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and creatine phosphokinase (CPK) activity in vastus lateralis muscle. These parameters tended to divide the athletes and their sport events into neuromuscular, anaerobic and aerobic types. The specific needs of the different sport events might have masked the expected characteristics of energy and power utilization. However, a high percentage of FT fibers might be a prerequisite for a successful athlete in certain neuromuscular-anaerobic type events ("power events"). The main parameters describing the anaerobic performance capacity of the whole body (vertical velocity, leg force, blood lactate) were found to be related to muscle fiber composition (% FT fibers). The running velocity rather than muscle strength seemed to be more influenced by activity of enzymes LDH and CPK.

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Extensor Muscle
Macro-Creatine Kinase
Blood Flow Velocity
Enzymes, antithrombotic
Energy Metabolism
Whole Body
Sports Medicine Specialty
Creatine Kinase Measurement
Lactic Acid Measurement

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