Effects of electrical muscle stimulation on oxygen consumption

Hayter, Tina L., Coombes, Jeff S., Knez, Wade L., & Brancato, Tania L. (2005) Effects of electrical muscle stimulation on oxygen consumption. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 19(1), pp. 98-101.

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Abstract

Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) devices are being marketed as weight/ fat loss devices throughout the world. Commercially available stimulators have the ability to evoke muscle contractions that may affect caloric expenditure while the device is being used. The aim of this study was to test the effects of two different EMS devices (Abtronic and Feminique) on oxygen consumption at rest. Subjects arrived for testing after an overnight fast, had the devices fitted, and then positioned supine with expired air measured to determine oxygen consumption. After a 10-minute acclimation period, oxygen consumption was measured for 20 minutes with the device switched off (resting) then 20 minutes with the device switched on (stimulated). There were no significant differences (p > 0.05) in oxygen consumption between the resting and stimulated periods with either the Abtronic (mean +/- SD; resting, 3.40 +/- 0.44; stimulated, 3.45 +/- 0.53 ml of O2[middle dot]kg-1[middle dot]min-1) or the Feminique (resting, 3.73 +/- 0.45; stimulated, 3.75 +/- 0.46 ml of O2[middle dot]kg-1[middle dot]min-1). In summary, the EMS devices tested had no effect on oxygen consumption during muscle stimulation.

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ID Code: 91051
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1519/00124278-200502000-00017
ISSN: 1064-8011
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Deposited On: 07 Dec 2015 23:43
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2015 05:10

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