Contractile behavior of the forelimb digital flexors during steady-state locomotion in horses (Equus caballus): an initial test of muscle architectural hypotheses about in vivo function.

@article{Butcher2009ContractileBO,
  title={Contractile behavior of the forelimb digital flexors during steady-state locomotion in horses (Equus caballus): an initial test of muscle architectural hypotheses about in vivo function.},
  author={Michael T. Butcher and John W. Hermanson and Norm G. Ducharme and Lisa M. Mitchell and L Vincent Soderholm and John E. A. Bertram},
  journal={Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A, Molecular & integrative physiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={152 1},
  pages={
          100-14
        }
}
The forelimb digital flexors of the horse display remarkable diversity in muscle architecture despite each muscle-tendon unit having a similar mechanical advantage across the fetlock joint. We focus on two distinct muscles of the digital flexor system: short compartment deep digital flexor (DDF(sc)) and the superficial digital flexor (SDF). The objectives were to investigate force-length behavior and work performance of these two muscles in vivo during locomotion, and to determine how muscle… CONTINUE READING
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