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Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2008 Jul;40(7):1220-7. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31816b87aa.

Effects of acute salbutamol inhalation on quadriceps force and fatigability.

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REX-S Laboratory, Joseph Fourier University and UF Exercise Research, Grenoble University Hospital, Grenoble, FRANCE.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Oral beta2-agonist administration improves muscle function in persons without asthma. We performed a double-blind, randomized, controlled crossover study to assess whether acute inhaled salbutamol administration improves muscle strength and fatigability in healthy moderately trained subjects.

METHODS:

Quadriceps muscle strength was measured during maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) and femoral nerve magnetic stimulation (potentiated single twitch, TwQpeak) before and after (i) a maximal incremental cycling test (n = 10) and (ii) 50 maximal isometric one-leg extensions (n = 9). Each exercise test was performed on three occasions, after salbutamol (200 and 800 microg) or placebo inhalation.

RESULTS:

Before exercise, treatments had no significant effect on MVC [(placebo) 597 +/- 146 N vs (200 microg) 629 +/- 151 N vs (800 microg) 610 +/- 148 N] and TwQpeak [(placebo) 215 +/- 83 N vs (200 microg) 227 +/- 69 N vs (800 microg) 250 +/- 84 N]. Maximal power during cycling and maximal force during leg extensions did not differ between treatments. Treatments had no effect on MVC and TwQpeak reductions at 30 min [MVC: (placebo) -8 +/- 9% vs (200 microg) -9 +/- 7% vs (800 microg) -8 +/- 5%; TwQpeak: (placebo) -29 +/- 13% vs (200 microg) -23 +/- 15% vs (800 microg) -20 +/- 8%] and 60 min [MVC: (placebo) -12 +/- 17% vs (200 microg) -6 +/- 9% vs (800 microg) -8 +/- 8%; TwQpeak: (placebo) -20 +/- 21% vs (200 microg) -19 +/- 23% vs (800 microg) -8 +/- 7%] after cycling. Similarly, reductions in MVC and TwQpeak were not significantly different between treatments at 30 [MVC: (placebo) -11 +/- 9% vs (200 microg) -12 +/- 7% vs (800 microg) -8+/- 16%; TwQpeak: (placebo) -37 +/- 12% vs (200 microg) -33 +/- 20% vs (800 microg) -32 +/- 16%] and 60 min [MVC: (placebo) -10 +/- 11% vs (200microg) -11 +/- 6% vs (800 microg) -8 +/- 20%; TwQpeak: (placebo) -30 +/- 11% vs (200 microg) -28 +/- 24% vs (800 microg) -27 +/- 15%] after leg extensions. Treatments did not modify maximal voluntary activation at any time of the protocol.

CONCLUSION:

Acute therapeutic or supratherapeutic doses of inhaled salbutamol have no effect on quadriceps strength, fatigue, and recovery in men without asthma.

PMID:
18580400
DOI:
10.1249/MSS.0b013e31816b87aa
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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