In natural forms of ground locomotion such as running and jumping, the functional phases include the stretching of the preactivated muscles followed by their shortening. This is called stretch-shortening cycle (SSC). SSC is a natural but complex activity that combines the available structuro-functional resources: the contractile and elastic structures with the central and reflex activation patterns. SSC may thus be used as a model to reveal the neural adjustments and the associated muscle-tendon responses to internal and external constraints. This presentation will focus on the neuro-mechanical adjustments to the acute and delayed SSC fatigue effects and to partial unweighting on lower body positive pressure treadmill. Both testing conditions emphasize the adaptive quality of the SSC, and demonstrate Time-, Task- and SSC phase-dependent neuro-mechanical adjustments.
Nicol, Caroline; Komi, Paavo V.; and Ishikawa, Masaki
"THE ADAPTIVE SSC: FROM FATIGUE RUNS ON EARTH TO THE REBOUNDS ON MARS,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 35
, Article 295.
Available at: http://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol35/iss1/295