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Characterization of passive elastic properties of the human medial gastrocnemius muscle belly using supersonic shear imaging

Abstract : The passive elastic properties of a muscle–tendon complex are usually estimated from the relationship between the joint angle and the passive resistive torque, although the properties of the different structures crossing the joint cannot be easily assessed. This study aimed to determine the passive mechanical properties of the gastrocnemius medialis muscle (GM) using supersonic shear imaging (SSI) that allows the measurement of localized muscle shear modulus (μ). The SSI of the GM was taken for 7 subjects during passive ankle dorsiflexion at a range of knee positions performed on an isokinetic dynamometer. The relationship between normalized μ and the length of the gastrocnemius muscle–tendon units (GMTU) was very well fitted to an exponential model (0.944
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Olivier Maïsetti, François Hug, Killian Bouillard, Antoine Nordez. Characterization of passive elastic properties of the human medial gastrocnemius muscle belly using supersonic shear imaging. Journal of Biomechanics, Elsevier, 2012, 45 (6), pp.978-984. ⟨10.1016/j.jbiomech.2012.01.009⟩. ⟨hal-03409813⟩

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