Title

Effects of ankle joint position and submaximal muscle contraction intensity on soleus H-reflex modulation in young and older adults

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Chen, YS, Zhou, S & Cartwright, S 2014, 'Effects of ankle joint position and submaximal muscle contraction intensity on soleus H-reflex modulation in young and older adults', Motor Control, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 112-126.

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http://doi.org/10.1123/mc.2012-0095

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

This study investigated the effects of ankle joint position and submaximal contraction intensity on soleus (SOL) H-reflex modulation. Twenty young (25.1 ± 4.8 years) and 20 older adults (74.2 ± 5.1 years) performed plantar flexions during 10%, 30% and 50% maximal voluntary contractions (MVC) and at ankle positions of neutral (0°), plantar flexion (20°) and dorsiflexion (-20°) in a sitting position. The SOL H-reflex gain in older adults was relatively lower than that in young adults during 10%, 30% and 50% MVC. The SOL H-reflex gain was significantly affected by the intensity of plantar flexion in the respective ankle joint position in both age groups. The latency of H-reflex was prolonged in older adults and was ankle joint dependent in young adults. Young adults demonstrated a shorter duration of the H-reflex response than that of older adults. The results indicated that there were age-related changes in the SOL H-reflex during the ankle plantar flexors activities.