Anticipatory motor patterns limit muscle stretch during landing in toads.

@article{Azizi2013AnticipatoryMP,
  title={Anticipatory motor patterns limit muscle stretch during landing in toads.},
  author={Emanuel Azizi and Emily M Abbott},
  journal={Biology letters},
  year={2013},
  volume={9 1},
  pages={20121045}
}
To safely land after a jump or hop, muscles must be actively stretched to dissipate mechanical energy. Muscles that dissipate energy can be damaged if stretched to long lengths. The likelihood of damage may be mitigated by the nervous system, if anticipatory activation of muscles prior to impact alters the muscle's operating length. Anticipatory motor recruitment is well established in landing studies and motor patterns have been shown to be modulated based on the perceived magnitude of the… CONTINUE READING
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