Modulation of ventilatory control during exercise

Respir Physiol. 1997 Nov;110(2-3):277-85. doi: 10.1016/s0034-5687(97)00093-5.


The control of ventilatory responses to mild or moderate dynamic exercise has been the subject of considerable debate for over a century. The prevailing view has been that the ventilatory response to exercise is stereotypical and rather unmalleable. However, paradigms involving novel associations of stimulus inputs have been shown to modulate breathing in short and longer time scales. The scope of this review includes examples of modified ventilatory responses to exercise which have been investigated in terms of neural mechanisms. An attempt to synthesise the available data into a model of neuromodulation is presented.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Physical Exertion / physiology*
  • Respiratory Mechanics / physiology*
  • Rhizotomy
  • Spinal Nerve Roots / physiology