How tendons buffer energy dissipation by muscle.

@article{Roberts2013HowTB,
  title={How tendons buffer energy dissipation by muscle.},
  author={Thomas J Roberts and Nicolai Konow},
  journal={Exercise and sport sciences reviews},
  year={2013},
  volume={41 4},
  pages={186-93}
}
To decelerate the body and limbs, muscles lengthen actively to dissipate energy. During rapid energy-dissipating events, tendons buffer the work done on muscle by storing elastic energy temporarily, then releasing this energy to do work on the muscle. This elastic mechanism may reduce the risk of muscle damage by reducing peak forces and lengthening rates of active muscle. 
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