Fiber types and metabolic potentials of skeletal muscles in sedentary man and endurance runners

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1977;301:3-29. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.1977.tb38182.x.


This description of some of the present knowledge on skeletal muscle fibers, their metabolic potentials, and their interplay with the degree of physical activity has revealed that skeletal muscle of man has a very large capacity for adaptation. Moreover, this adaptability appears to be of utmost importance for the metabolic response as well as for performance. Although all this is true, it should not distract us from the fact that we are lacking the most important information. The questions that need to be answered are: What triggers the changes to take place? Which are the regulatory mechanisms?

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Physiological
  • Animals
  • Capillaries / anatomy & histology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Muscles* / analysis
  • Muscles* / anatomy & histology
  • Muscles* / blood supply
  • Muscles* / metabolism
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Running*
  • Sex Factors
  • Sports Medicine*
  • Staining and Labeling