To obtain an insight into tendon elasticity during human movement, a real-time ultrasonography was applied to the contracting tibialis anterior muscle. The insertion point of fascicles onto the aponeurosis was clearly visualized, and its position relative to a fixed marker on the skin moved proximally (Δ1) according to the increasing dorsiflexion force (ΔF) with a fixed ankle joint. Notably, the Δ1 - ΔF relationship in the tendon was found to be quadratic in nature (ΔF = c Δ12; c=1.48 ∼ 2.24, r=0.985 ∼ 0.992, n=9) as has been reported in the isolated tendon, although the ΔF - Δ1 curves were slightly underestimated in comparison with the stiffness constant estimated from tendon architecture. This underestimation might be caused by changes in the height of the foot arch with the application of force.
|ジャーナル||European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology|
|出版ステータス||Published - 1995 11月 1|
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