Limb position sense, proprioceptive drift and muscle thixotropy at the human elbow joint.

@article{Tsay2014LimbPS,
  title={Limb position sense, proprioceptive drift and muscle thixotropy at the human elbow joint.},
  author={Anthony J Tsay and Grant Savage and Trevor J. Allen and Uwe Proske},
  journal={The Journal of physiology},
  year={2014},
  volume={592 12},
  pages={2679-94}
}
These experiments on the human forearm are based on the hypothesis that drift in the perceived position of a limb over time can be explained by receptor adaptation. Limb position sense was measured in 39 blindfolded subjects using a forearm-matching task. A property of muscle, its thixotropy, a contraction history-dependent passive stiffness, was exploited to place muscle receptors of elbow muscles in a defined state. After the arm had been held flexed and elbow flexors contracted, we observed… CONTINUE READING
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