HYPERTHERMIC CONDITIONING CAN INCREASE MUSCLE REGROWTH BY OVER 30%
A study published in 1985 (1) tested the hypothesis that intermittent hyperthermia during reloading attenuates oxidative damage and augments skeletal muscle regrowth following immobilization. Forty animals were randomly divided into four groups: control (Con), immobilized (Im), reloaded (RC), and reloaded and heated (RH). All groups but Con were immobilized for 7 days. Animals in the RC and RH groups were then reloaded for 7 days with (RH) or without (RC) hyperthermia (41- 41.5 degrees C for 30 min on alternating days) during reloading. Heating resulted in approximately 25% elevation in heat shock protein expression (P < 0.05) and an approximately 30% greater soleus regrowth (P < 0.05) with hyperthermia compared with the animals tested without hyperthermia. Furthermore, oxidant damage was lower in the RH group compared with RC because nitrotyrosine and 4-hydroxy-2-nonenol were returned to near baseline when heating was combined with reloading. Reduced oxidant damage was independent of antioxidant enzymes (manganese superoxide dismutase, copper ,zinc, superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, glutathione reductase). In summary, these data suggest that intermittent hyperthermia during reloading attenuates oxidative stress and improves the rate of skeletal muscle regrowth during reloading after immobilization.
(1). *Selsby, J T. et al. Intermittent hyperthermia enhances skeletal muscle regrowth and attenuate oxidative damage
following , reloading. J Appl Physiol (1985) 102, 1702-1707, dol: 10. 1152/japplphysiol.00722.2006 (2007).
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