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Pflügers Archiv

, Volume 432, Issue 5, pp 767–774 | Cite as

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

  • Rob S. James
  • Iain S. Young
  • Valerie M. Cox
  • David F. Goldspink
  • John D. Altringham
Original Article Neurophysiology, muscle and sensory organs

Abstract

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/P 0 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.

Key words

Muscle Work Power Isotonic shortening Work loops Muscle mechanics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rob S. James
    • 1
    • 3
  • Iain S. Young
    • 1
  • Valerie M. Cox
    • 2
  • David F. Goldspink
    • 2
  • John D. Altringham
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pure and Applied BiologyThe University of LeedsLeedsUK
  2. 2.Institute of Cardiovascular Research, Department of Clinical MedicineThe University of LeedsLeedsUK
  3. 3.Gatty Marine Laboratory, Department of BiologyUniversity of St. AndrewsSt. AndrewsUK

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