Mechanical Coupling between Muscle-Tendon Units Reduces Peak Stresses

Huub Maas, Taija Finni*

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The presence of mechanical linkages between synergistic muscles and their common tendons may distribute forces among the involved structures. We review studies, using humans and other animals, examining muscle and tendon interactions and discuss the hypothesis that connections between muscle bellies and within tendons may serve as a mechanism to distribute forces and mitigate peak stresses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-33
Number of pages8
JournalExercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Achilles tendon
  • connective tissue
  • displacement
  • force transmission
  • injury
  • skeletal muscle
  • strain


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