stretch receptor

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A receptor that detects stretching in a muscle. There are two main types: Golgi tendon organs at the junction between a muscle and its tendon; and muscle spindle organs in the belly of a muscle. Stretch receptors are essential for coordinated muscle activity, passing information about the state of muscles to the central nervous system (see kinaesthesis).

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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