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American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation:
Literature Review: Cellular & Molecular Adaptations

Effects of Regular Exercise Training on Skeletal Muscle Contractile Function

Fitts, Robert H. PhD

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Fitts RH: Effects of regular exercise training on skeletal muscle contractile function. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2003;82:320–331.

Skeletal muscle function is critical to movement and one’s ability to perform daily tasks, such as eating and walking. One objective of this article is to review the contractile properties of fast and slow skeletal muscle and single fibers, with particular emphasis on the cellular events that control or rate limit the important mechanical properties. Another important goal of this article is to present the current understanding of how the contractile properties of limb skeletal muscle adapt to programs of regular exercise.

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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