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Fatigue pp 69-80 | Cite as

Role of Interstitial Potassium

  • G. Sjøgaard
  • A. J. McComas
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 384)

Abstract

Interstitial potassium concentration, [K+], is modulated during muscle activity due to a number of different mechanisms: diffusion and active transport of K+ in combination with water fluxes. The relative significance of the various mechanisms for muscle function is quantified. The effect of interstitial [K+] locally on the single muscle fiber is discussed along with its effect on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and its role in motor control. It is concluded that K+ may play a significant role in the prevention as well as the development of fatigue.

Keywords

Motor Unit Muscle Fatigue Voluntary Contraction Rest Membrane Potential Muscle Blood Flow 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Sjøgaard
    • 1
  • A. J. McComas
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyNational Institute of Occupational HealthCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Department of MedicineMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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