force–length relationship

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The relationship between a muscle's length and the force it can exert. In the human body, maximum force generation occurs when muscles are slightly stretched. Parallel fibred muscles (e.g. the biceps brachii) produce maximum tensions at just over resting length; pennate muscles (e.g. the deltoids) produce maximum tensions at between 120 and 130% resting length.

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