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The effect of muscle shortening on the force-length characteristics of neighboring inactive muscles

We are trying to better understand the ways in which people contract their muscles. Specifically, we want to learn more about how connections between our muscles influence how they produce forces. Participants in this study will have their calf muscle group activated while we record the individual muscles' electrical activity and the length of the muscle fibers. This research will help us to understand the underlying mechanical function of muscles in a more realistic context. This understanding may also have profound implications for current computer models of muscles, which most often ignore the connectivity between muscles.
Jonas Rubenson at or 814-867-6209
18 year(s) or older
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Inclusion Criteria:
18-40 years old
Exclusion Criteria:
chronic or acute leg injury in last 12 months
heart condition
chest pain during exercise
balance or dizziness problems
prescribed drugs for blood pressure or heart condition
Muscle & Bone
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State College, PA