Muscle and Exercise Physiology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128145937

Muscle and Exercise Physiology

1st Edition

Authors: Jerzy Zoladz
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128145937
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st November 2018
Page Count: 608
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Muscle and Exercise Physiology is a comprehensive reference covering muscle and exercise physiology from basic science to advanced knowledge including muscle power generating capabilities, muscle energetics, fatigue, aging and the cardio-respiratory system in exercise performance. Written by experts in respective fields, the book presents the clinical importance of body responses to physical exercise, including its impact on the body reactive oxygen species production, body immune system, lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, cardiac energetics and its functional reserves as well as the health-related effects of physical activity and inactivity of humans. Novel topics like critical power, ROS and muscle, and heart muscle physiology are explored in context of exercise physiology to provide the perfect balance of science and application for researchers and scientists interested in muscle and exercise physiology as well as students of biological sciences, including medicine, human movements and sport sciences.

The cover image is courtesy of Adam Marczukiewicz.

Key Features

  • Contains basic and state-of-the-art knowledge on the most important issues of muscle and exercise physiology, including muscle and body adaptation to physical training, the impact of aging and physical activity / inactivity on human exercise tolerance
  • Provides both basic and advanced knowledge required to understand mechanisms that limit physical capacity from untrained people to top class athletes, including adaptation to physical training
  • Provides advanced content on muscle power generating capabilities, muscle energetics, fatigue, and aging as well as the importance of cardio-respiratory system in exercise performance


Researchers and scientists interested in muscle and exercise physiology as well as students of biological sciences, including medicine, human movements and sport sciences

Table of Contents

Section I: Skeletal Muscle Morphology
1. Body Composition and Muscle Mass
2. Skeletal Muscle Morphology
3. Mechanisms of Muscle Contraction and Relaxation
4. Motor Units and Muscle Receptors

Section II: Muscle Energetics and its Performance
5. Muscle Energetics
6. Muscle Efficiency
7. Muscle Function: Strength, Speed, and, Fatigabilit
8. Critical Power: Possibly the most important fatigue threshold in

Section III: Muscle Metabolism and Exercise Physiology
9. Cardio-respiratory Responses to Exercise
10. Carbohydrate Metabolism During Exercise
11. Lipid Metabolism
12. Exercise, Immunity and Illness
13. ROS Production During Exercise
14. Muscle as an Endocrine Organ

Section IV: Muscle Adaptation to Exercise
15. The Evolution of Skeletal Muscle Plasticity in Re-sponse to Physical Activity and In-activity
16. Muscle Blood Flow and Vascularization in Response to Exercise and Training
17. Oxygen Uptake Kinetics as a Marker of Muscle Metabolic Stability: The Impact of Endurance Training
18. Human Aging - Impact on Muscle Force and Power Output
19. Bone and Exercise

Section V: Heart Muscle and Exercise
20. Functional morphology of the cardiac myocyte
21. Coronary Blood Flow
22. Cardiac Energetics
23. Regulation of Heart Rate and Blood Pressure During Exercise in Humans
24. Exercise and heart failure


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About the Author

Jerzy Zoladz

Jerzy Andrzej Zoladz is an exercise physiologist specializing in metabolism in sports. He graduated from the Free University of Amsterdam in 2000 and is known for the design of the heart rate monitoring Zoladz test for running. He is currently a professor at the Academy Wychowania Fizycznego in Krakow. Professor Zoladz’s scientific interested include strength and endurance of human skeletal muscles, the physiological basis of fatigue, mechanisms conditioning the kinetics of oxygen consumption in human skeletal muscles and the impact of physical training on the kinetics of oxygen consumption and metabolic stability of muscles. He was instrumental in the development and implementation of strength training and endurance for the 2008 Polish national team in ski jumping. He is the author/coauthor of over a hundred scientific publications including the dozens of papers and is the co-author of two textbooks for students. He is also an active member of The Physiological Society (London).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Head of Department, Chair of Physiology and Biochemistry, Department of Muscle Physiology, Faculty of Rehabilitation University School of Physical Education, Krakow, Poland

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