Tensile strength of spinal ligaments.

  title={Tensile strength of spinal ligaments.},
  author={J. B. Myklebust and Frank A. Pintar and Narayan Yoganandan and Joseph F. Cusick and Dennis J. Maiman and T J Myers and Anthony Sances},
  volume={13 5},
Spinal ligaments from 41 fresh human male cadavers were tested. The ligaments were tested in situ by sectioning all elements except the one under study. The force deflection curves demonstrated a sigmoidal shape, and the point at which an increase in deflection was obtained with decreasing force was taken as failure. The force and deformation at failure are shown for each ligament as a function of spinal level. 

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