oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Muscle proteins and the contractilec properties of muscle fibres

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



Muscles are machines which provide the power that is the basis for all vertebrate movement. The mechanical properties of an active muscle are dependent on many factors such as the shape and size of the whole muscle, its fibre type, fibre size and length, and the angle of the fibre-tendon attachment, as well as a variety of neural factors including cortical drive and motor unit recruitment patterns.

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