Different modulation pattern of spinal stretch reflex excitability in highly trained endurance runners

Tetsuya Ogawa*, Noritaka Kawashima, Shuji Suzuki, Kimitaka Nakazawa

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    This study was undertaken to elucidate the impact of long-term physical training on the modulation of stretch reflex excitability. To this end, electromyographic activities of the soleus muscle in response to quick toe-up rotation were compared between highly trained endurance runners (n = 8) and non-trained control subjects (n = 9). We specifically focused on the stretch reflex modulation under different voluntary activation levels, from rest to pre-activated conditions (5, 10, 20, and 30% of the maximal). While the two groups showed similar modulation patterns of the stretch reflex responses, the extent of reflex modulation in accordance with the muscle pre-activation level was larger in the trained group. The present results therefore suggest a different modulation pattern of the stretch reflex responses with changing activation level between individuals with different physical background, and the enhancement of the responses in the trained individuals may particularly be advantageous in exerting high level muscle contraction.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3641-3648
    Number of pages8
    JournalEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct


    • Adaptation
    • Motor training
    • Pre-activation
    • Soleus
    • Stretch reflex

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
    • Physiology (medical)


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