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We investigated the degree of local heat and swelling of the thigh muscles produced by exercise. Eleven university athletes aged from 19 to 23 years old performed isokinetic exercise of the right knee on a Cybex II. Then serial determination of thigh circumference and thigh temperature (up to 120 min after exercise) as well as serial magnetic resonance (MR) imaging (up to 60 min after exercise) was performed on both thighs. The circumference of the right thigh peaked at 5.6 +/- 2.1 min after exercise and returned to normal at 38.6 +/- 9.2 min. The temperature of the right thigh peaked at 14.2 +/- 5.7 min after exercise and was not normalized after 120 min except in two subjects. T2-weighted MR images showed a marked increase in the signal intensity of the right knee flexor and extensor muscles. The signal intensity peaked immediately after exercise and subsequently decreased gradually but did not return to normal after 60 min in some muscles. Changes in the thigh circumference were closely correlated with changes in the MR findings. The changes in the thigh muscles after knee exercise could be demonstrated using MR imaging, thigh circumference, and thigh temperature data. These parameters may provide indicators for managing muscle fatigue and recovery.
magnetic resonance imaging
Acta Medica Okayama
Okayama University Medical School
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