Muscle tendon unit function

Recent research shows that distinct loading of the Achilles tendon influences the properties of the tendon. How this effects the function of the triceps surae muscle tendon unit is nevertheless unclear. Therefore this project aims to investigate the influence of chronic adaptations of the Achilles tendon to loading patterns on the biomechanical function. The main goal is to examine the roles that distinct tendon properties exert on the muscle-tendon unit in functional movements.

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Formal title

The role of muscle and tendon properties in the mechanical function of the human lower limbs

Formal

The main goal is to examine the roles that distinct tendon properties exert on the muscle-tendon unit in functional movements.

Description

Isometric contractions and ultrasonography will be used to determine individual Achilles tendon properties. Furthermore, a combination of motion analysis, ground reaction forces and ultrasound imaging will be used to analyse muscle fascicle behaviour and tendon elongation during dynamic movements. The movements will be running on a treadmill and jumping. The chosen methods have been applied in several earlier studies.