Int J Sports Med 1996; 17(7): 493-496
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-972884
Physiology and Biochemistry

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Respiratory Muscle Fatigue After an Ultra-Marathon Measured as Inspiratory Task Failure

J. A. Ker, C. M. Schultz
  • Lung Unit, Department of lnternal Medicine, University of Pretoria, South Africa
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09 March 2007 (online)

Controversial literature exists concerning the ocurrence of inspiratory muscle fatigue during efforts performed outside a laboratory. The purpose of this study was to assess inspiratory muscle strength and endurance time measured as Tlim, the length of time a subject can endure a task before the onset of fatigue, in ultra-marathon runners by simple non-invaisive techniques before and after an ultra-marathon (87 km). Tern runners, (8 males and 2 females), who had normal clinical evaluation and lung function underwent inspiratory muscle assessment by measurement of maximal inspiratory mouth pressures and sustained inspiratory mouth pressures at a given target pressure and a given duty cycle. The measurements were performetd prior to the race and 3 days after the race. No significant difference was observed in the inspiratory muscle strength 3 days after the race (p>0.37), but the inspiratory muscle endurance time as measured by Tlim, was significantly lower (p < 0.002), with an overall decrease of 26.5 %. Inspiratory muscle strength! was normal 3 days after the race, however the inspiratory muscle endurance time as measured by sustained inspiratory pressure was still impaired 3 days after the race.