The aim of the present study was to examine the association of high blood lactate levels, induced with a maximal cycling or with an intravenous infusion, with spinal cord excitability. The study was carried out on 17 male athletes; all the subjects performed a maximal cycling test on a mechanically braked cycloergometer, while 6 of them were submitted to the intravenous infusion of a lactate solution (3 mg/kg in 1 min). Before the exercise or the injection, also at the end as well as 5 and 10 minutes after the conclusion, venous blood lactate was measured and excitability of the spinal α-motoneurons was evaluated by using the H reflex technique. In both experimental conditions, it has been observed that an exhaustive exercise is associated with a strong increase of blood lactate (but not of blood glucose) and with a significant reduction of spinal excitability. Since a similar augment of blood lactate induced by an intravenous infusion, in subjects not performing any exercises, it is not associated with significant changes of spinal excitability, it can be concluded that the raise of blood lactate levels during a maximal exercise is not per se capable to modify the excitability of spinal α-motoneurons.
|Titolo:||Spinal cord excitability is not influenced by elevated blood lactate levels|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2011|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|