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Correlation analysis between lower limb muscle architectures and cycling power via ultrasonography

 Hyung-Jin Lee  ;  Kang-Woo Lee  ;  Kurokawa Takeshi  ;  Yong-Woo Lee  ;  Hee-Jin Kim 
 SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, Vol.11(1) : 5362, 2021-03 
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The primary purpose was to examine the relationship between the muscle architectural characteristics of short and long-distance cyclist-including muscle thickness, fascicle angle, and fascicle length-of the anterior thigh and posterior leg and its impact in 20-s cycling power. The secondary purpose was to clarify the muscle variables that predict the cycling power by using ultrasonography to measure the muscle architectural characteristics. Twenty-four varsity cyclists participated in this study, of whom 12 were short-distance cyclists and 12 were long-distance cyclists. B-mode ultrasonography was used to measure muscle architecture parameters. A cycle ergometer was used to measure the cycling power. The rectus femoris, vastus medialis, and medial head of gastrocnemius were significantly thicker in short-distance cyclists than in long-distance cyclists at every site (p < 0.05). Our analysis revealed that the rectus femoris fascicle length at the 30% level of the thigh was a significant independent predictor of the 20-s cycling power in short-distance cyclists, while the rectus femoris fascicle angle at the 50% level was that of the 20-s cycling power in long-distance cyclists. These findings highlight the significance of rectus femoris muscle architecture to cycling power.
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Kim, Hee Jin(김희진) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1139-6261
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