Muscle and tendon interaction during human movements

Tetsuo Fukunaga*, Yasuo Kawakami, Keitaro Kubo, Hiroaki Kanehisa

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Muscle and tendon interaction was estimated in vivo by real-time ultrasonography. Differences between muscles in internal muscle-fiber shortening during isometric actions are due to the elastic properties of tendon. Compliant human tendons allow muscles to contract isometrically during many human movements for efficient force generation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-110
Number of pages5
JournalExercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Elasticity
  • Fascicle
  • Tendinous tissue
  • Ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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