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Primary sensorimotor cortex activation with task-performance after fatiguing hand exercise

Benwell, N.M., Byrnes, M.L., Mastaglia, F.L. and Thickbroom, G.W. (2005) Primary sensorimotor cortex activation with task-performance after fatiguing hand exercise. Experimental Brain Research, 167 (2). pp. 160-164.

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We have compared functional MRI signals in primary sensorimotor cortex (SM1) during a paced motor task of each hand before and after unimanual (right hand) fatiguing exercise. Our aims were to determine whether the degree of activation is different when a motor task is performed after a fatiguing exercise, and whether there are any differences in activation between movement of the fatigued and non-fatigued hands. There was a significant reduction in the number of voxels activated in SM1 in the hemisphere contralateral to movement of both the fatigued hand (38±5 pre-exercise versus 21±3 post-exercise; P<0.05) and the non-fatigued hand (32±4 pre-exercise vs 18±4 post-exercise; P<0.05). There was no significant difference in the magnitude of the functional magnetic resonance imaging signal before or after exercise, however, the variance increased significantly after exercise (6.0±0.5 pre-exercise vs 7.3±0.6 post-exercise; P<0.01). Reduced functional activation in SM1 may reflect increased variability in the activation rather than a reduction in activation of cortical motor networks after fatigue.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
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