Subjective recovery time after exhausting muscular activity in postpolio and control subjects

James C. Agre, Arthur A. Rodriquez, Todd M. Franke

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The purpose of this study was to determine whether the time to subjectively fully recover after the performance of exhausting muscular exercise was greater in unstable postpolio as compared with stable postpolio or control subjects. Twenty-five unstable (those complaining of declining muscle strength) postpolio, 16 stable (those denying declining muscle strength) postpolio, and 25 control subjects performed an isometric contraction of the knee extensor (quadriceps femoris) musculature at 40% of maximal torque until they were no longer able to do so. Five-second maximal effort contractions were made every 30 s through 2 min after the time of failure was reached and then at 1-min intervals through 10 min after failure was reached. Subjects reported the duration of time required to subjectively fully recover from this activity. Choices of 'less than 1 day,' '1 day,' '2 days,' etc., up to 'greater than 2 wk' were given to the subjects for their response. Analysis was by nonparametric ANOVA and appropriate post hoc comparison procedures. Unstable postpolio subjects reported a greater recovery time than either the stable postpolio or control subjects (mean ± SD of 2.6 ± 3.0 days, 0.6 ± 1.0 days, and 0.7 ± 1.1 days, respectively, P < 0.05). Thus, the reported recovery time from exhausting isometric muscular exercise was found to be greater in unstable postpolio subjects than stable postpolio or control subjects. The cause for this finding is unknown and requires further investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-144
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998


  • Fatigue
  • Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Postpolio Syndrome


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