oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Types of muscle contraction as biomechanical concepts
|Article Title||Types of muscle contraction as biomechanical concepts|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Sports Medicine|
|Affiliations||1 School of Mechanical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg|
|Publication Date||Nov 1999|
|Pages||16 - 18|
|Keyword(s)||Concentric, Eccentric contraction, Electrical stimulation, Isokinetic rehabilitation machines, Muscle contraction, Muscle length, Tension and Velocity|
The terms isotonic, isometric and isokinetic commonly used to descriptionbe different types of muscle contraction are biomechanically inappropriate in most exercise situations. The less impressive terms 'static' and 'dynamic' offer more accurate superordinate categories. The implications for isokinetic physiotherapy machines and rehabilitation are discussed.
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