When active muscles lengthen: Properties and consequences of eccentric contractions

S. L. Lindstedt, P. C. LaStayo, T. E. Reich

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When the force applied to a muscle exceeds the force produced by the muscle it will lengthen, absorbing mechanical energy. These eccentric contractions, which result in both braking and storing elastic recoil energy in normal locomotion, require very little metabolic energy, yet they are characterized by high force production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-261
Number of pages6
JournalNews in Physiological Sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001


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  • Physiology

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