Differences in soleus H-reflex to M-wave ratio between obese and non-obese individuals
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Background The aim of this cross-sectional comparative study was to investigate potential differences in soleus H-reflex to M-wave ratio between obese and non-obese individuals under different postural constraints. Methods A total of 23 obese individuals and 23 matched non-obese controls took part in the study. The maximal soleus H-reflex to M-wave ratio (peak-to-peak amplitude) was quantified in three different conditions: seated at rest, seated with a light contraction of the plantar flexors and during bipedal quiet standing. Findings Soleus H-reflex to M-wave ratio was significantly higher in obese than in non-obese individuals in all the experimental conditions (p < 0.01). Interpretation Obese individuals showed larger normalized soleus H-reflex responses than their non-obese counterparts, probably as a reflect of long-term neurophysiological adaptations to excessive body weight and postural demands. Show more
Journal / seriesClinical Biomechanics
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SubjectSoleus; Reflex; Obesity
Organisational unit03994 - Taylor, William R. / Taylor, William R.
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