Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


School of Biomedical and Sport Science


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

First Advisor

Dr Paul Sacco

Second Advisor

Mike Newton


Eccentric contractions, where a muscle is repeatedly lengthened while generating torque, result in decreased muscle function and muscle soreness. This study was designed to determine whether there was a difference in muscle response of the elbow flexors from untrained subjects (n = 12) between a bout of high intensity eccentric exercise at 30°•s-1 (LVE) compared to the equivalent at 210°•s-1 (HVE). Subjects performed 120 seconds of eccentric exercise of the elbow flexors using a Cybex 6000 Isokinetic Dynamometer. At 30°-s-1, a total of 30 repetitions were required whilst at 210°•s-1, 210 contractions were performed (at a 1:7 work/rest ratio). Both exercise bouts resulted in significant decrements in isometric and dynamic strength measures (p