Muscle and tendon interaction during human movements

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2002 Jul;30(3):106-10. doi: 10.1097/00003677-200207000-00003.


Muscle and tendon interaction was estimated in vivo by real-time ultrasonography. Differences between muscles in internal muscle-fiber shortening during isometric actions are due to the elastic properties of tendon. Compliant human tendons allow muscles to contract isometrically during many human movements for efficient force generation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Elasticity
  • Humans
  • Movement / physiology*
  • Muscle Contraction / physiology*
  • Muscle, Skeletal / diagnostic imaging
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
  • Tendons / diagnostic imaging
  • Tendons / physiology*
  • Ultrasonography
  • United States