Mechanical interactions between skeletal muscles

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    Force transmission from skeletal muscles to bone is a key element in the control of limb movements. Several in situ studies have now shown that connective tissues linking adjacent muscles to each other and to other surrounding structures can bear substantial forces. However, there is little data available to indicate if such epimuscular myofascial pathways are important during normal in vivo movements. Therefore, it remains unclear if the actuators commanded by the central nervous system within an intact body are mechanically inter- or independent. This chapter will review some earlier and the most recent experiments on mechanical interactions
    between muscles in physiological and pathological muscle conditions. In addition, the potential role of epimuscular myofascial force transmission (MFT) in neuromuscular control will be addressed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Neuromuscular Physiology of Motor Skills and Muscle Fatigue
    EditorsM. Shinohara
    Place of PublicationKerala, India
    PublisherResearch Signpost
    ISBN (Print)9788130803654
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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