Int J Sports Med 2007; 28(7): 550-556
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-964840
Physiology & Biochemistry

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Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness Does Not Alter O2 Uptake Kinetics during Heavy-Intensity Cycling in Humans

D. A. Schneider1 , J. P. Berwick2 , S. Sabapathy1 , C. L. Minahan1
  • 1School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia
  • 2Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, United States
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Publication History

accepted after revision May 12, 2006

Publication Date:
20 March 2007 (online)


The purpose of this study was to determine if exercise-induced delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) would alter O2 uptake kinetics during heavy cycling in 9 untrained females. O2 uptake kinetics were characterised during 8-min of constant-load cycling performed with and without DOMS. DOMS was caused by completing 30 min of bench-stepping at a rate of 15 steps · min-1. Two days after bench stepping, all subjects reported significant leg muscle soreness. Both phase II kinetics (without DOMS τ1: 26.6 ± 2.4 s; with DOMS τ1: 27.2 ± 3.7 s) and the slow component amplitude (without DOMS: 277 ± 15 mL · min-1; with DOMS: 291 ± 21 mL · min-1) were unaffected by DOMS. The change in blood lactate concentration from rest to end-exercise was significantly greater during exercise performed with DOMS. Eccentric exercise causing a moderate degree of DOMS does not appear to impact upon the mechanisms mediating phase II or the slow component of O2 uptake kinetics.


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PhD Donald A. Schneider

School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science Gold Coast campus, Griffith University

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