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The influence of ambient temperature on power at anaerobic threshold determined based on blood lactate concentration and myoelectric signals

Aleksander Tyka / Tomasz Pałka / Anna Tyka / Tomasz Cisoń / Zbigniew Szyguła
Published Online: 2009-04-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10001-009-0005-8

The influence of ambient temperature on power at anaerobic threshold determined based on blood lactate concentration and myoelectric signals

Objectives: To compare the mechanical power and physiological parameters in males at the lactate (LAAT) and integrated electromyographic (IEMGAT) anaerobic thresholds during exercise testing at 23°C, 31°C and 37°C. Materials and Methods: Fifteen men aged 21.9±1.80 years performed an incremental exercise test on a cycle ergometer at pedal frequency of 60 rpm. The test began at the power output of 120 W which was increased by 30 W every 3 min. Heart rate, oxygen uptake, carbon dioxide in expired air and minute ventilation were monitored. Venous blood samples were collected at 30 s before termination of each 3-min stage of test to determine the lactate anaerobic threshold. IEMGAT for vastus lateralis (VL) and rectus femoris (RF) muscles were regarded as the inflection point at which a non-linear increase in IEMGAT occurred. Results: IEMGAT for VL and RF were similar for all the three temperatures. IEMGAT (VL and RF) correlated closely with LAAT at ambient temperatures of 23°C (r = 0.91), 31°C (r = 0.96) and 37°C (r = 0.97). Repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA) revealed that the mechanical power at LAAT and IEMGAT was higher at 23°C (202±26.5 W vs. 205±22.9 W) than at 31°C (186±20.2 W vs. 186.2±20.2 W) and 37°C (175.5±25.2 W vs. 175.3±20.0 W) for LAAT and IEMGAT respectively (p < 0.01). Conclusions: Higher ambient temperature induced a decrease in the mechanical power at which the anaerobic threshold occurred. The high correlation between LAAT and IEMGAT (r = 0.91-0.97) indicated that IEMGAT can be used as a practical and reliable, non-invasive method for assessment of the anaerobic threshold.

Keywords: Ambient temperature; Anaerobic threshold; Lactate threshold; Electromyographic threshold

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Published Online: 2009-04-27

Published in Print: 2009-01-01


Citation Information: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health, Volume 22, Issue 1, Pages 1–6, ISSN (Online) 1896-494X, ISSN (Print) 1232-1087, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10001-009-0005-8.

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