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1 PCr recovery in female endurance runners and sedentary controls Anonymous Exercise Science June, 2006

2 Background Info. With the onset of muscle contraction, PCr represents the most immediate reserve for the rephosphorylation of ATP A decrease in the level of PCr can adversely affect muscle contraction in subsequent bouts of exercise therefore it is important to maximize the rate of resynthesis during recovery Resynthesis of PCr has both a fast and slow phase Fast phase appears independent of muscle pH Slow phase is rate-dependent on the return of the muscle cell to homeostatic pH McMahon & Jenkins, 2002

3 Background Info. (cont.) Johansen & Quistorff (2003) Found that sedentary & sprint trained subjects differed significantly from their endurance trained counterparts in PCr recovery time Yoshida (2002) Found less acidosis (pH decrease) in long-distance runner group than sedentary controls Concluded that greater VO 2max and oxidative capacity in long-distance runners is attributable to PCr levels during exercise and kinetics after exercise Previous research on PCr kinetics focuses mostly on comparisons between a combination of sedentary, sprint trained and endurance trained male subjects

4 Question/Purpose How do female endurance runners differ from their sedentary counterparts in PCr recovery time?

5 Rationale Previous research used only male subjects! Allow for comparison between male & female runners and sedentary individuals Will serve as a reference for further research on the physiological differences between male & female endurance athletes This study will: Allow us to understand the muscle phosphate kinetics of female endurance runners

6 Hypothesis The time constant (t c ) to recovery of PCr for female endurance runners, as measured by 31 P-NMR, will be less than that of sedentary females

7 Methods Subjects: N=16 8 healthy female endurance runners Must run at least 35 miles/wk 8 healthy sedentary females Must not run more than 10 miles/wk Inclusion Criteria Healthy, female, age 18-40, endurance runner Exclusion Criteria Known cardiovascular, neuromuscular or metabolic disease, metal objects within the body

8 Experimental Protocol: Methods (cont.) Subjects will be instructed not to: Consume alcohol or caffeine 24hrs prior to trial Participate in high intensity activity for 24hrs prior to trial

9 Resting PCr levels will be assumed to equal 26mmol/kg wet wt Experimental Protocol (cont.) : Methods (cont.) Subjects will perform plantar flexion until volitional fatigue (6-10min) A tourniquet will be applied to the lower limb until it has been positioned inside the NMR device, over the magnetic coil Subject will sit quietly without moving for approx. 20 minutes while muscle phosphates are examined using 31 P-NMR Spectroscopy

10 31 P NMR Spectroscopy Methods (cont.) Non-invasive technique that uses high-frequency magnetic pulses to excite & displace atomic elements in tissue Can assay cellular PCr, ATP, Pi (inorganic phosphate), and pH Signal will be acquired every 5s Averaged spectra will be processed to resolve the area under the curve for Pi, PCr & ATP

11 31 P NMR Spectroscopy

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13 Variables IV’s: Time and type of training DV: Time constant (t c ) of PCr recovery pH Pi & ATP concentrations

14 Statistics Between & within groups Two-Way ANOVA Group and time (each min of recovery) pH levels ATP, Pi, & PCr levels

15 Power Using a power level of.8: Smallest mean difference = 6.5 seconds SD = 6.36 Thus sample size was found to be 16 subjects Effect size was estimated to be 1.02

16 Limitations Not standardizing the workload each subject is performing Could have used a machine to lift a certain standardized load Not using a higher intensity athletic population Previous studies include a group of sprint trained individuals Not using the larger, more used running muscles Cannot fit the quadriceps muscle into the magnet, thus limiting what muscles we can study

17 Anticipated Findings From this study, the findings are anticipated to be T c to recovery for the female endurance runners will be less than that of the sedentary controls pH change in the endurance trained group will be significant (p<.05) when compared to the sedentary controls

18 References Yoshida T. The rate of phosphocreatine hydrolysis and resynthesis in exercising muscle in humans using 31P-MRS. J Physiol Anthropol Appl Human Sci. 2002; 21(5): Johansen J and Quistorff B. 31P-MRS characterization of sprint and endurance trained athletes. Int J Sports Med. 2003; 24(3): Yoshida T and Watari H. 31P-nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy study of the time course of energy metabolism during exercise and recovery. Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol.1993; 66(6): Takahashi H, Inaki M, Fujimoto K, Katsuta S, Anno I, Niitsu M, and Itai Y. Control of the rate of phosphocreatine resynthesis after exercise in trained and untrained human quadriceps muscles. Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol. 1995;71(5): McMahon S and Jenkins D. Factors affecting the rate of phosphocreatine resynthesis following intense exercise. Sports Med. 2002; 32(12):


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