Physiology of Exercise


Until the pioneering work of A. V. Hill, little was known about the physiology of strenuous muscular exercise. The sober school of physiologists in Germany had preferred to study exercise in a steady state, and American students trained in that school continued to shy away from anaerobic work, at least in studies of man. The bold attack made by A. V. Hill on the physiology of sport inspired the early studies by A. V. Bocks, who was joined by the writers in 1925. From that beginning arose the Fatigue Laboratory and many happy years of association with physiologists coming from far and near to carry on research on the physiology of man in sport, at work, and at war.

One of the most recent of these associates, Dr. Laurence E. Morehouse, had a background in physical education, with graduate training in physiology interrupted by a tour of sea duty with the Navy. During his year in the Fatigue Laboratory, Dr. Morehouse made plans with Dr. Miller for writing a book covering recent research in the physiology of exercise. As the reader will see, much of this research has been carried on in the Fatigue laboratory. Although that laboratoryis now closed, those trained there are carrying on its traditions; Physiological of Exercise is one proof that this will be accomplished.

The reader will be impressed with the arduous experiments upon which our present understanding of the physiology of muscular exercise rests. It is not enough to make neat studies of frogs' nervemuscle preparations, of swimming rats and of panting dogs. Man himself must be the subject; many of the advances in exercise physiological have come from self-experimentation. The examples of Barry Woods spending Saturday evening in the Fatigue Laboratory studying blood samples collected from himself and his fellow football players during the afternoon, of Sid Robinson running to exhaustion on the treadmill with unheard-of blood lactate concentrations, of . . .

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • St. Louis, MO
Publication year:
  • 1953
  • 2nd


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