Functional role of muscle reflexes for force generation in the decerebrate walking cat.

@article{Stein2000FunctionalRO,
  title={Functional role of muscle reflexes for force generation in the decerebrate walking cat.},
  author={R. B. Stein and John E Misiaszek and Keir Gordon Pearson},
  journal={The Journal of physiology},
  year={2000},
  volume={525 Pt 3},
  pages={781-91}
}
To quantify the importance of reflexes due to muscle length changes in generating force during walking, we studied high decerebrate cats that walked on a treadmill. One leg was denervated except for the triceps surae and a few other selected muscles. The triceps surae muscles are ankle extensor muscles that attach to the Achilles' tendon which was cut and connected to a muscle puller. In some steps the EMG activity triggered the puller to move the muscle through the pattern of length changes… CONTINUE READING