resources > Model of integrative central neural regulation of effort and fatigue - Noakes

“It is hypothesised that physical activity is controlled by a central governor in the brain and that the human body functions as a complex system during exercise. Using feed forward control in response to afferent feedback from different physiological systems, the extent of skeletal muscle recruitment is controlled as part of a continuously altering pacing strategy, with the sensation of fatigue being the conscious interpretation of these homoeostatic, central governor control mechanisms.” (Noakes et al 2005)

This is a paper that makes a case for Fatigue and Power Output being related to the same model, suggesting that the ‘central governor’ is a system that anticipates potential changes in homeostasis and then pre-actively tries to off-set these changes.  This system would seem necessary in order to ensure that the individual does not work so hard as to create a catastrophic physical event.