The effects of cyclic stretching on tensile properties of the rabbit's skeletal muscle

Yang Hwei Tsuang, Jui Sheng Sun, Ing Huo Chen, Shang Hwa Hsu, King Yaw Tsao, Kuan Yih Wei, Yi Shiong Hang

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A study was conducted to define the threshold of muscle injury with cyclic passive stretch. The study monitored the changes in the load-deformation curve of muscle-tendon unit until failure point using an in vitro rabbit model. Thirty rabbits' triceps surae muscle-tendon unit preparations were used. Comparisons were made between the load-deformation curves of the experimental and control specimens. When cyclic stretched to 12 to 20%, there were no significant changes in the biomechanical parameters except deformation at the peak load. All the biomechanical parameters, except the ration of the energy absorption, changed significantly after 25% strain cyclic stretch.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-53
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Biomechanics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes



  • Cyclic stretch
  • Muscle-tendon unit
  • Sub-failure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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