The series elastic shock absorber: tendon elasticity modulates energy dissipation by muscle during burst deceleration.

@article{Konow2015TheSE,
  title={The series elastic shock absorber: tendon elasticity modulates energy dissipation by muscle during burst deceleration.},
  author={Nicolai Konow and Thomas J Roberts},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2015},
  volume={282 1804},
  pages={20142800}
}
During downhill running, manoeuvring, negotiation of obstacles and landings from a jump, mechanical energy is dissipated via active lengthening of limb muscles. Tendon compliance provides a 'shock-absorber' mechanism that rapidly absorbs mechanical energy and releases it more slowly as the recoil of the tendon does work to stretch muscle fascicles. By lowering the rate of muscular energy dissipation, tendon compliance likely reduces the risk of muscle injury that can result from rapid and… CONTINUE READING
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