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J Muscle Res Cell Motil. 1993 Oct;14(5):518-26.

Relation between work and power calculated from force-velocity curves to that done during oscillatory work.

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Department of Zoology, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.


The force-velocity relation during oscillatory work was compared with that measured in the traditional way with quick release and force clamps using toad sartorius, frog sartorius, and mouse soleus muscles. Plotting the force and corresponding velocity data in this way produces a 'power-loop'. The 'power-loop' has less intuitive value than the frequently reported 'work-loops' but it is useful because it permits comparison with the force-velocity curve produced using traditional methods. The force/velocity combinations for oscillatory work during a contraction often exceed those that would be predicted from the force-velocity curve. Although it has been known for many years that more force is developed by stimulated muscle when it is being stretched than can be developed during an isometric contraction, my results show that the increase in force is of importance at stretch velocities that probably occur in vivo during locomotion.

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