Neuromuscular Fatigue in Racquet Sports

Olivier Girard, Grégoire P. Millet

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Abstract

This article describes the physiologic and neural mechanisms that cause neuromuscular fatigue in racquet sports: table tennis, tennis, squash, and badminton. In these intermittent and dual activities, performance may be limited as a match progresses because of a reduced central activation, linked to changes in neurotransmitter concentration or in response to afferent sensory feedback. Alternatively, modulation of spinal loop properties may occur because of changes in metabolic or mechanical properties within the muscle. Finally, increased fatigue manifested by mistimed strokes, lower speed, and altered on-court movements may be caused by ionic disturbances and impairments in excitation-contraction coupling properties. These alterations in neuromuscular function contribute to decrease in racquet sports performance observed under fatigue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-194
Number of pages14
JournalNeurologic Clinics
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes

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