Predicted and measured muscle forces after recoveries of differing durations following fatigue in functional electrical stimulation

J. Mizrahi, D. Seelenfreund, E. Isakov, Z. Susak

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Abstract

Using 31P nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, the bioenergetics of paralyzed muscles activated by functional electrical stimulation (FES) were studied in vivo during fatigue and recovery on paraplegic subjects. During the activation phase of the muscle, the muscle force was also monitored. The phosphorus metabolites were found to vary systematically during fatigue and to recover slowly to their rest state values after cessation of FES. During fatigue, a good correlation was found between the decaying force and each of the profiles of phosphocreatine, inorganic phosphorus, and intracellular pH. A musculotendon 5 element model was proposed for the activated muscle to predict its force generation capacity. A fatigue recovery function, based on the metabolic profiles, was introduced into the model. This model allowed us to predict the force expected to be developed as a function of the time after recovery of given time durations. Validation experimental measurements of force were carried out and included recurrent fatigue tests, both in the initially unfatigued state and at various times in the postfatigue stage of the muscle. Comparison of the predicted and measured forces indicated satisfactory agreement of the results. The developed model of muscle dynamics should help to design a strategy for reducing muscle fatigue under FES.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-239
Number of pages4
JournalArtificial Organs
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • bioenergetics of paralyzed muscles
  • muscle fatigue

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