length–tension relationship

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The relationship between the length of a muscle and the contractile tension that it can exert. A muscle can usually exert its greatest contractile tension when it is at its resting length, but in normal muscle, a greater overall force is produced when the muscle is stretched, which seemingly contradicts the general length–tension relationship. However, the apparent increase is due to the contribution of the elastic components of the joint tissues and not to an increased muscle tension.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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