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Title: The need for muscle co-contraction prior to a landing
Authors: Yeadon, Maurice R.
King, Mark A.
Forrester, Stephanie E.
Caldwell, G.E.
Pain, Matthew T.G.
Keywords: Computer simulation
Ground reaction forces
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: YEADON, M.R. ... et al, 2010. The need for muscle co-contraction prior to a landing. Journal of Biomechanics, 43 (2) pp. 364-369.
Abstract: In landings from a flight phase the mass centre of an athlete experiences rapid decelerations. This study investigated the extent to which co-contraction is beneficial or necessary in drop landings, using both experimental data and computer simulations. High speed video and force recordings were made of an elite martial artist performing drop landings onto a force plate from heights of 1.2 m, 1.5 m and 1.8 m. Matching simulations of these landings were produced using a planar 8-segment torque-driven subject-specific computer simulation model. It was found that there was substantial co-activation of joint flexor and extensor torques at touchdown in all three landings. Optimisations were carried out to determine whether landings could be effected without any co-contraction at touchdown. The model was not capable of landing from higher than 1.05 m with no initial flexor or extensor activations. Due to the force-velocity properties of muscle, co-contraction with net zero joint torque at touchdown leads to increased extensor torque and decreased flexor torque as joint flexion velocity increases. The same considerations apply in any activity where rapid changes in net joint torque are required, as for example in jumps from a running approach.
Description: This article was accepted for publication in the Journal of Biomechanics [© Elsevier] and the definitive version is available at: www.elsevier.com/locate/jbiomech
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2009.06.058
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/5830
ISSN: 0021-9290
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