The effect of a series of strength training sessions on 2000 m rowing ergometer performance and muscle function [Abstract]

Gee, Thomas, French, Duncan, Howatson, Glyn, Gibbon, Karl, Caplan, Nick, Moloney, S. B., Corkery, A., Toms, Christopher and Thompson, Kevin (2011) The effect of a series of strength training sessions on 2000 m rowing ergometer performance and muscle function [Abstract]. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 45 (15). A14. ISSN 0306-3674

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Research has previously shown that rowers commonly perform strength training three times per week. However, no research has assessed the impact that this weekly frequency of strength training may have on muscle function. Twenty-two highly trained male rowers were evenly assigned to two groups; intervention and control. All rowers performed baseline measures of a maximal isometric contraction of the leg extensors (MVC), five separate, static squat jumps (SSJ), counter-movement jumps (CMJ), and maximal rowing ergometer power strokes (PS) and a single 2000 m rowing ergometer test (2000 m). Intervention participants subsequently performed a protocol of three identical strength training (ST) sessions, in the space of 5 days with a day's break in-between the first to second and second to third sessions. The intervention group repeated the 2000 m test at 24 h following the final ST, in addition MVC, SSJ, CMJ and PS tests were performed. Muscle soreness (MS) and serum creatine kinase (CK) were assessed during both testing sessions for each group. Following the ST protocol, the intervention group experienced significant elevations in MS and CK (P < 0.001) coupled with decrements in MVC, SSJ, CMJ and PS, which ranged between 6-8% (P < 0.001). Values for these parameters were unchanged between both trials for the control group. Performance of the 2000 m test was not significantly affected by ST. No changes in 2000 m performance occurred from test to re-test in the control group. In summary, a series of strength training sessions resulted in symptoms of muscle damage and decrements in maximal power, but 2000 m ergometer performance was unaffected following strength training.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2011 14:58
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 12:15

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