Evidence for complex integration and dynamic neural regulation of skeletal muscle recruitment during exercise in humans

Alan St Clair Gibson, Timothy Noakes

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Abstract

A model is proposed in which the development of physical exhaustion is a relative rather than an absolute event and the sensation of fatigue is the sensory representation of the underlying neural integrative processes. Furthermore, activity is controlled as part of a pacing strategy involving active neural calculations in a “governor” region of the brain, which integrates internal sensory signals and information from the environment to produce a homoeostatically acceptable exercise intensity. The end point of the exercise bout is the controlling variable. This is an example of a complex, non-linear, dynamic system in which physiological systems interact to regulate activity before, during, and after the exercise bout.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)797-806
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Volume38
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2004

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