The Effect of Muscle Contraction on Kinaesthesia
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Kinaesthesia is our conscious awareness of body position and movement. Experiments are described examining kinaesthetic acuity in human subjects. The results showed a reduced ability to detect limb movement and match limb position during co-contraction of elbow extensors and flexors compared to when these muscles were relaxed. We also report results from animal experiments showing a reduction in muscle spindle stretch sensitivity during fusimotor and skeletomotor activation, a factor that might contribute to the decreased kinaesthetic acuity observed during muscle contraction.
KeywordsMuscle Spindle Triceps Muscle Spindle Activity Elbow Extensor Movement Detection Threshold
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