Skeletal Muscle Fatigue
Published Online: 1 APR 2012
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Kent-Braun, J. A., Fitts, R. H. and Christie, A. 2012. Skeletal Muscle Fatigue. Comprehensive Physiology. 2:997–1044.
- Published Online: 1 APR 2012
Skeletal muscle fatigue is defined as the fall of force or power in response to contractile activity. Both the mechanisms of fatigue and the modes used to elicit it vary tremendously. Conceptual and technological advances allow the examination of fatigue from the level of the single molecule to the intact organism. Evaluation of muscle fatigue in a wide range of disease states builds on our understanding of basic function by revealing the sources of dysfunction in response to disease. © 2012 American Physiological Society. Compr Physiol 2:997-1044, 2012.