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Oxygen uptake kinetics of constant-load work - Upright vs. supine exerciseSupine and upright positions were used in a comparitive study of the effects of constant load exercise on oxygen uptake (VO2), O2 deficit, steady-state VO2 and VO2 following recovery from constant load work. Ten male subjects (36-40 yr.) performed one submaximal exercise test in the supine and one test in the upright position consisting of 5 min rest and 5 min cycle ergometer exercise at 700 kg/min followed by ten minutes of recovery. It is found that the significant difference in VO2 kinetics during exercise in the upright compared to supine position resulted from changes in oxygen transport and utilization mechanisms rather than changes in mechanical efficiency. To the extent that data measured in the supine position can be used to estimate physiological responses to zero gravity, it is suggested that limitation of systemic O2 consumption may be the result of slow rates of oxygen uptake during transient periods of muscular work. Significant reductions in the rate of steady-state VO2 attainment at submaximal work intensities may produce an onset of muscle fatigue and exhaustion.
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Convertino, V. A.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Goldwater, D. J.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Sandler, H.
(NASA Ames Research Center Biomedical Research Div., Moffett Field, CA; Arizona, University, Tucson, AZ, United States)
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August 12, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1984
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Publication: Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine
Volume: 55
ISSN: 0095-0562
Subject Category
Aerospace Medicine
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