Is Soleus Muscle-Tendon-Unit Behavior Related to Ground-Force Application During the Sprint Start?

PURPOSE To describe the stretch-shortening behavior of ankle plantar-flexing muscle-tendon units (MTUs) during the push-off in a sprint start. METHODS Fifty-four male (100-m personal best: 9.58-12.07 s) and 34 female (100-m personal best: 11.05-14.00 s) sprinters were analyzed using an instrumented starting block and 2-dimensional high-speed video imaging… (More)