Eccentric wrist extensor contractions and the force velocity relationship in muscle

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 1986;8(6):288-93. doi: 10.2519/jospt.1986.8.6.288.


The torque produced by the wrist extensors during maximal isometric and isokinetic eccentric contractions has been investigated. The torque produced by eccentric contractions was measured at three different velocities: 0.36, 0.93, and 1.64 cmlsec. The speeds of contraction were generated by a specially designed apparatus, consisting of a gear drive and an electric motor that would maintain its speed irrespective of the load applied. Tenison produced by the wrist extensors was measured using a load cell. The results indicated that eccentric contractions of the wrist extensors exceed those produced by isometric contractions. The force-velocity relationship during eccentric contractions was determined to be different from that during concentric contractions. Force values were found to increase as the velocity of eccentric contraction increased. No signficant effect of wrist joint angle on torque values was found, nor was there an interaction effect of velocity and joint angle. The implications for rehabilitation of these findings are outlined. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 1986;8(6):288-293.