The Law of Muscular Structure and Function
From the scientific perspective, the common term “muscle memory,” so popular among coaches and players, is shear nonsense. If neural motor pathways are damaged there is no any “muscle memory” left. This means that all the motor memory (containing all acquired motor skills) is in the neural system, not in the muscles. Muscles have their structure and function (of generating muscular force), they can be exercised and trained in strength, speed, endurance and flexibility, but they are still only dumb effectors (just like excretory glands). They only respond to neural command impulses. To understand the process of training motor skills one needs to know the basics of neural motor control. Within the motor control muscles are force generators, working in antagonistic pairs. They are controlled by neural reflex feedbacks and/or voluntary motor inputs. If any of these neural pathways are damaged, muscles are dead flesh without any memory left (see The Law of Neuro-Motor Control).
KeywordsIsometric Contraction Eccentric Contraction Concentric Contraction Muscular Force Myoglobin Concentration
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