The Tension-Length and Force-Velocity Relationships of Human Muscle in Situ

  • S. Bouisset
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 291)


The title of this lecture covers a twofold interrogation: i) are the mechanical properties of the human muscle the same as those described for animals? ii) do the conditions of muscle contraction during natural motor activity allow these properties to be apparent in any situation? These questions will be examined in relation to the characteristic relations, i-e tension-length and force-velocity curves, which defines the mechanical behavior of the generator of muscular force.*


Characteristic Relation Human Muscle Flexor Muscle Elbow Flexor Muscular Force 
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  • S. Bouisset
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  1. 1.Université de Paris-SudOrsayFrance

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