Characteristics of torque production of the lower limb are significantly altered after 2 hours of treadmill load carriage
Scales, J., Coleman, D., O'Driscoll, J. and Brown, M. 2018. Characteristics of torque production of the lower limb are significantly altered after 2 hours of treadmill load carriage. Translational Sports Medicine. 2 (1).
|Authors||Scales, J., Coleman, D., O'Driscoll, J. and Brown, M.|
Load carriage is seldom completed in isolation, meaning load bearers need to be physically capable of physical activity after the load carriage task.
This study aims to examine changes in lower limb muscle strength, as measured by torque production across a range of joint angles as a result of prolonged load carriage. Thirty-four healthy participants underwent two hours of loaded or unloaded treadmill load carriage, with lower limb muscle function variables assessed pre and post activity. The loaded group had a mass of (Mean(range)) 76.45 (27.12)kg, stature: 178.56 (17.63)cm, age: 23(6)yrs, and comprised of 13 males and 3 females. While the unloaded group had a body mass of 73.69(24.19)kg, stature: 178.89(18.49)cm, age: 22(5)yrs and comprised of 14 males and 4 females. Significant reductions across a range of parameters were observed. Characterised by reductions at the optimum muscle length for torque output, with all aspects demonstrating large (knee extension at 180˚·s-1: 0.51 Standardised SD, knee extnsion at 60˚·s-1: 0.98 standardised SD) or extremely large individual differences (knee flexion at 180˚·s-1: 2.17 standardised SD).
These findings suggest after the completion of the load carriage task participants are in a significantly reduced physical state, which may have implications for secondary tasks.
|Keywords||Joint angle; muscle length; torque curve; prolonged exercise; military|
|Journal||Translational Sports Medicine|
|Journal citation||2 (1)|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1002/tsm2.54|
|Online||02 Nov 2018|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||11 Jan 2019|
|Accepted||23 Oct 2018|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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