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Effect of Training on Maximal Oxygen Uptake and Aerobic Capacity of Locomotory Muscles in Tufted Ducks, Aythya Fuligula

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Effect of Training on Maximal Oxygen Uptake and Aerobic Capacity of Locomotory Muscles in Tufted Ducks, Aythya Fuligula

P J Butler et al. J Physiol.

Abstract

1. The effects of artificial swim training on maximal oxygen consumption and heart rate, as well as on the capillarity and oxidative capacity of locomotory muscles, have been studied in the tufted duck, Aythya fuligula. 2. The artificial training programme resulted in a 27% increase in maximal oxygen consumption, mainly as a result of an increase in muscle capillarity (20% increase in capillary/fibre ratio). In addition, activity of an oxidative enzyme, citrate synthase, increased (by 42%) and there was a significant transformation of fibre types in the lateral gastrocnemius muscle. 3. Altering the duration and nature of the training stimulus, for example flying and diving, can bring about different degrees of muscular adaptation, particularly in oxidative capacity.

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