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Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2009 Jul;37(3):130-8. doi: 10.1097/JES.0b013e31819c2df6.

It pays to have a spring in your step.

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Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA.

Abstract

In humans, a large portion of the mechanical work required for walking comes from muscle-tendons crossing the ankle joint. Elastic energy storage and return in the Achilles tendon during each step enhance the efficiency of ankle muscle-tendon mechanical work far beyond what is possible for work performed by knee and hip joint muscle-tendons.

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10.1097/JES.0b013e31819c2df6
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