By Giovanni Cavagna
This publication deals a succinct yet finished description of the mechanics of muscle contraction and legged terrestrial locomotion. It describes at the one hand how the elemental homes of muscle tissues impact the mechanics of locomotion, and at the different, how the mechanics of locomotion adjust the mechanism of muscle operation below varied stipulations.
Further, the booklet stories at the layout and result of experiments performed with objectives. the 1st used to be to explain the physiological functionality of muscle tissues (which might be regarded as the “motor”) contracting at a continuing size, in the course of shortening, in the course of lengthening, and lower than a situation that happens most often within the back-and-forth circulate of the limbs in the course of locomotion, particularly the stretch-shortening cycle of the lively muscle. the second one aim was once to research the interplay among the motor and the “machine” (the skeletal lever method) in the course of strolling and operating in several situations with recognize to hurry, step frequency, physique mass, gravity, age, and pathological gait. The booklet may be of substantial curiosity to body structure, biology and physics scholars, and offers researchers with stimuli for extra experimental and analytical work.
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