Measuring fatigability in clinical populations: is it relevant?
Professor at Jean Monnet University (Saint-Etienne, France)
Leader of the ActiFS academic chair
Senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France 2019
Director of the inter-university Laboratory of Human Movement Biology in 2020
On May 10th
12:00 - 13:00
This seminar will start by a presentation of some recent methodological development that aims at measuring neuromuscular (NM) fatigue in clinical populations, e.g. an innovative ergometer that can switch from cycling to isometric mode within 1 s or the relevance of assessing NM fatigue in dynamic mode. Throughout examples in multiple sclerosis, cancer and Covid-19 patients, the main part of this talk will be dedicated to the discussion of the potential link between a deteriorated resistance to NM fatigue due to exercise and the subjective feeling of chronic fatigue in patients. We will conclude by showing that there is a need for tailoring training interventions to fatigue etiology (NM fatigue resistance, sleep disorders, inflammation, cardiorespiratory fitness, etc.), which further emphasizes the importance of properly determining the causes of fatigue.