Muscle mechanics and neural control

Authored by: Albert Gollhofer

Routledge Handbook of Biomechanics and Human Movement Science

Print publication date:  May  2008
Online publication date:  June  2008

Print ISBN: 9780415408813
eBook ISBN: 9780203889688
Adobe ISBN: 9781134132348

10.4324/9780203889688.ch6

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Abstract

The human skeletal muscle represents in a distinct manner an example of a direct relationship between a biological structure and its function. Muscular function is basically converting chemical energy into force. Force is necessary in order to compensate external loads acting on the human body and moreover, allows us to move our limbs and body. Structure elements in the muscle are responsible for the synthesis of protein, the storage of energy substrates and for the contraction of the muscle itself.

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