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J Strength Cond Res. 2011 Aug;25(8):2185-92. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181e86148.

The effects of exercise-induced muscle damage on cycling time-trial performance.

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Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Chester, Chester, United Kingdom.


Previous research has advocated that plyometric training improves endurance performance. However, a consequence of such a training is the immediate and prolonged appearance of exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD). This study examined whether a single bout of plyometric exercise, designed to elicit muscle damage, affected cycling endurance performance. Seventeen participants were randomly assigned to either a muscle damage (n = 7 men, 1 woman) or nonmuscle damage (n = 8 men, 1 woman) group. Before and at 48 hours, participants were measured for perceived muscle soreness, peak isokinetic strength, and physiological, metabolic, and perceptual responses during 5-minute submaximal cycling at ventilatory threshold (VT) and a 15-minute time trial. Perceived muscle soreness and isokinetic strength (p < 0.05) were significantly altered in the muscle damage group after EIMD. No changes in heart rate or blood lactate were evident during submaximal exercise (p > 0.05). However, VO2, V(E), and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) values were increased at VT in the muscle damage group at 48 hours after EIMD (p < 0.05). During the time trial, mean power output, distance covered, and VO2 were lower in the muscle damage group at 48 hours after EIMD (p < 0.05). However, there was no change in RPE (p > 0.05), suggesting effort perception was unchanged during time-trial performance after EIMD. In conclusion, individuals using concurrent plyometric and endurance training programs to improve endurance performance should be aware of the acute impact of muscle-damaging exercise on subsequent cycling performance.

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