Muscular force transmission necessitates a multilevel integrative approach to the analysis of function of skeletal muscle

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2003 Oct;31(4):167-75. doi: 10.1097/00003677-200310000-00003.


Muscular force is transmitted not only to tendon but also to other structures. Connections to extramuscular connective tissue of a compartment and to other muscles are stiff enough to transmit force. The concept of myofascial force transmission is reviewed and some functional consequences considered. An approach for analysis is suggested.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Fascia / physiology
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Humans
  • Models, Biological
  • Motor Activity / physiology
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
  • Range of Motion, Articular / physiology
  • Sports Medicine / methods*
  • Tendons / physiology