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Backward over forward: eccentric cycling offers more benefits and requires less effort than concentric cycling

Japanese researcher uses neuromuscular activation to assess the impact of cycling on the rectus femoris muscle Peer-Reviewed Publication Shizuoka Sangyo University – Iwata Campus image:…

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Japanese researcher uses neuromuscular activation to assess the impact of cycling on the rectus femoris muscle

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Shizuoka Sangyo University – Iwata Campus image: The latest sports medicine research shows how eccentric cycling is superior to concentric cycling. view more Credit: Associate Professor Ryoichi Ema of Shizuoka Sangyo University Working out has a science of its own. Scientists categorize different workout activities based on how the muscles are used while performing them: to understand this clearly, consider the popular bicep curl. When you are curling the dumbbell towards you, you are contracting the bicep muscle, and this is a concentric activity. Returning the dumbbell to the original position requires your bicep to ‘uncurl’ or go back to its normal length, making this an eccentric activity. Scientists are constantly on the quest to pinpoint which one of these activity types, or more realistically, what combination, gives the best output in terms of neuromuscular improvement.

A sport science researcher from Japan has recently been able to demonstrate the unique neuromuscular activation of the rectus femoris muscle during concentric, or regular, cycling, and eccentric cycling, where one resists the backward movement of the pedal instead of pushing down by contracting the muscles. The results of this study have been published in the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology . This paper was made available online on January 30, 2022.

For the uninitiated, the rectus femoris is a long and fleshy muscle bulk that is located in the anterior compartment of the thigh. Its primary […]

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