Measurements of muscle stiffness and the mechanism of elastic storage of energy in hopping kangaroos.

@article{Morgan1978MeasurementsOM,
  title={Measurements of muscle stiffness and the mechanism of elastic storage of energy in hopping kangaroos.},
  author={David photographer Morgan and Uwe Proske and Dennis. Warren},
  journal={The Journal of physiology},
  year={1978},
  volume={282},
  pages={
          253-61
        }
}
1. A kangaroo hopping above a certain speed appears to consume less oxygen than a quadrupedal mammal, of similar weight, running at the same speed (Dawson & Taylor, 1973). This is thought to be achieved by storage of elastic energy in tendons and ligaments. 2. Energy can be stored in a tendon by stretching it, but only if the muscle fibres in series with it are stiff enough to resist most of the length change. We have measured length and tension changes in the contracting gastrocnemius muscle… CONTINUE READING
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