Elastic properties of active muscle - On the rebound?

Jenna A. Monroy, A. Kristopher Lappin, Kiisa C. Nishikawa

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During active lengthening and shortening, muscles exhibit a variety of time-dependent spring properties, including load-dependent and nonlinear stiffness. These properties can be explained as interactions between a spring element and cycling cross bridges within muscle sarcomeres. Several lines of evidence suggest a role for the giant protein titin in active muscle, but specific mechanisms remain to be elucidated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-179
Number of pages6
JournalExercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2007


  • Elastic recoil
  • Force-velocity curve
  • Series elastic elements
  • Stiffness
  • Striated muscle
  • Titin
  • Viscoelastic properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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