Maintaining motor units into old age: running the final common pathway

  • Geoffrey A. Power | gapower@uoguelph.ca Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, College of Biological Sciences, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
  • Brian H. Dalton School of Health and Exercise Sciences, The University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Kevin J. Gilmore Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.
  • Matti D. Allen Schools of Medicine and Kinesiology and Health Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
  • Timothy J. Doherty Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Clinical Neurological Sciences, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.
  • Charles L. Rice Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario; Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

This article is a commentary on the recently published manuscript "Use it or lose it: tonic activity of slow motoneurons promotes their survival and preferentially increases slow fiber-type groupings in muscles of old lifelong recreational sportsmen". Mosole S, Carraro U, Kern H, Loefler S, Zampieri S. Use it or lose it: tonic activity of slow motoneurons promotes their survival and preferentially increases slow fiber-type groupings in muscles of old lifelong recreational sportsmen. Eur J Transl Myol 2016;26:5972. doi: 10.4081/ejtm.2016.5972. We offer some unique perspectives on masters athletes and the role of physical activity in maintaining the number and function of motor units into old age.

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Geoffrey A. Power, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, College of Biological Sciences, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
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2017-03-24
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Keywords:
Motor unit, Masters athlete, EMG, Motor neuron
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Power, G., Dalton, B., Gilmore, K., Allen, M., Doherty, T., & Rice, C. (2017). Maintaining motor units into old age: running the final common pathway. European Journal of Translational Myology, 27(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/ejtm.2017.6597