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Current Methods in Muscle PhysiologyAdvantages, Problems and Limitations$
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Haruo Sugi

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198523970

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523970.001.0001

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Techniques for muscle energetics

Techniques for muscle energetics

(p.343) 14 Techniques for muscle energetics
Current Methods in Muscle Physiology

Roger C. Woledge

Oxford University Press

Research into how muscle plays these roles and the limitations of its ability in each regard requires that we measure directly or indirectly the energy changes involved; this has been recognized for at least a century. These experimental activities and the interpretation of the results obtained comprise the science of muscle energetics. This chapter discusses the main forms of energy which are relevant to consider in these contexts. For example, the flow of mechanical energy to or from the muscle is found from measurements of force (P, Newtons) and of movement (dL, metres). Work is the integral of force with respect to length over the period of study.

Keywords:   muscle energetics, energy changes, forms of energy, mechanical energy, measurement of force, heat energy

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