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The exercised skeletal muscle: a review

Marina Marini, Arsenio Veicsteinas
  • Marina Marini
    Department of Histology, Embryology, and Applied Biology, University of Bologna, Italy |
  • Arsenio Veicsteinas
    Department of Sport Sciences, Nutrition and Health, University of Milan, Italy


The skeletal muscle is the second more plastic tissue of the body - second to the nervous tissue only. In fact, both physical activity and inactivity contribute to modify the skeletal muscle, by continuous signaling through nerve impulses, mechanical stimuli and humoral clues. In turn, the skeletal muscle sends signals to the body, thus contributing to its homeostasis. We'll review here the contribute of physical exercise to the shaping of skeletal muscle, to the adaptation of its mass and function to the different needs imposed by different physical activities and to the attainment of the health benefits associated with active skeletal muscles. Focus will primarily be on the molecular pathways and on gene regulation that result in skeletal muscle adaptation to exercise.


skeletal muscle, physical exercise, endurance training. force training, metabolic adaptation.

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Submitted: 2013-07-03 13:35:41
Published: 2010-09-03 00:00:00
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