Tendon elasticity and muscle function.

  title={Tendon elasticity and muscle function.},
  author={R. McNeill Alexander},
  journal={Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A, Molecular & integrative physiology},
  volume={133 4},
Vertebrate animals exploit the elastic properties of their tendons in several different ways. Firstly, metabolic energy can be saved in locomotion if tendons stretch and then recoil, storing and returning elastic strain energy, as the animal loses and regains kinetic energy. Leg tendons save energy in this way when birds and mammals run, and an aponeurosis in the back is also important in galloping mammals. Tendons may have similar energy-saving roles in other modes of locomotion, for example… CONTINUE READING
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