At this year's American College of Sports Medicine Conference, I had a chance to share some of the work our research team has been doing.
Below is an image to help visualize the measures we made in our experiments. We measure blood pressure and heart rate at rest and during exercise. Also, we use a special electrode, about the size of an acupuncture needle, that we place into the nerve bundle in the lower leg to record nervous system activity.
There is a lot of research looking at muscle sympathetic nerve activity, in fact a quick search on PubMed shows over 3500 articles.
Check out the video below where Ivan and I discuss some of the ways dehydration could impact how we function. To watch it here, skip ahead to 2:49. To have the video autoplay at 2:49 on youtube, click here.
For more about the research we do at the University of Delaware, check out our laboratory web page.
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Microneurography has its' own wikipedia page.
Here is a published article using ultrasound to help guide electrode positioning with some neat images.
Here is a historical perspective published in 2004 on this technique.
Link to Published Conference Abstract for this poster.