Muscle fascia and force transmission.

  title={Muscle fascia and force transmission.},
  author={Peter Patrick Purslow},
  journal={Journal of bodywork and movement therapies},
  volume={14 4},
SUMMARY This paper reviews the major intramuscular extracellular matrix (IM-ECM) structures (endomysium, perimysium and epimysium) and their possible mechanical contributions to muscle functions. The endomysium appears to provide an efficient mechanism for transmission of contractile forces from adjacent muscle fibres within fascicles. This coordinates forces and deformations within the fascicle, protects damaged areas of fibres against over-extension, and provides a mechanism whereby… CONTINUE READING


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