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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||News in Physiological Sciences|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2001|
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