Table 3 Effect of training on vastus lateralis characteristics in patients with COPD (n = 15)
Before trainingAfter training
Fibre type distribution (%)
    Type I37 (4)39 (4)
    Type IIa49 (4)53 (5)
    Type IIb14 (3)8 (1)*
Cross-sectional area (μm2)
    Type I4606 (332)5170 (372)*
    Type IIa4225 (295)4711 (264)*
    Type IIb3236 (199)3693 (209)*
  • Values are mean (SE).

  • *p<0.05 vs before training (paired t test).