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Pflugers Arch. 1996 Sep;432(5):767-74.

Isometric and isotonic muscle properties as determinants of work loop power output.

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Department of Pure and Applied Biology, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK.


The power output of rabbit latissimus dorsi muscle was calculated under isotonic conditions and during oscillatory work. Isotonic shortening studies yielded a maximum power output of 120 W . kg-1 at a P/P0 of 0.4 compared to a maximum power output of 32 W . kg-1 obtained using the work loop technique. This difference can largely be explained by comparing actual work loops with those constructed using force velocity (P/V) and isometric data. At low cycle frequencies, work loop power output is quite close to that predicted from P/V and isometric data. However, at higher frequencies other dynamic muscle properties appear to exert a more marked effect.

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