autogenic inhibition

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Reflex inhibition of a motor unit in response to excessive tension in the muscle fibres it supplies. Muscle tension is monitored by the Golgi tendon organs. Autogenic inhibition is a protective mechanism, preventing muscles from exerting more force than the bones and tendons can tolerate. Deinhibition training is designed to reduce or counteract the inhibitory impulses, allowing muscles to exert greater forces.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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