TITLE

Force Enhancement of Quadriceps Femoris in Vivo and Its Dependence on Stretch-Induced Muscle Architectural Changes

AUTHOR(S)
Seiberl, Wolfgang; Hahn, Daniel; Kreuzpointner, Florian; Schwirtz, Ansgar; Gastmann, Uwe
PUB. DATE
August 2010
SOURCE
Journal of Applied Biomechanics;Aug2010, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p256
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The purpose of this study was to investigate if force enhancement (FE) in vivo is influenced by stretch-induced changes of muscle architecture. Therefore, 18 subjects performed maximum voluntary isometric (100° knee flexion angle) and isometric-eccentric-isometric stretch contractions (80°-100°; ù = 60°.s-1) whereby pennation angle and fascicle length of vastus lateralis was determined using ultrasonography. We found significant (2-way repeated ANOVA; á = 0.05) enhanced torque of 5-10% after stretch as well as significant passive FE but no significant differences in muscle architecture between isometric and stretch contractions at final knee angle. Furthermore, EMG recordings during a follow-up study (n = 10) did not show significant differences in activation and mean frequency of contraction conditions. These results indicate that FE in vivo is not influenced by muscle architectural changes due to stretch.
ACCESSION #
53565817

 

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