Cross-Bridge Mechanisms Underlying the History-Dependent Properties of Muscle Spindles and Stretch Reflexes
The effects of prior movement on the force responses of skeletal muscle are compared with the effects of movement history on the changes in firing rate of muscle spindle receptors. Prior release results in the linearization of the mechanical properties of skeletal muscles, which can be provisionally explained by cross-bridge models of muscular contraction. The history-dependence of responses of muscle spindle receptors in unanesthetized decerebrate preparations appears to result from the kinetics of cycling and noncycling cross-bridges. The results of this comparison indicate that the integration of mechanical properties of muscle and spindle receptor promotes stiffness regulation.
Nichols, T. R.,
& Cope, T. C.
(2004). Cross-Bridge Mechanisms Underlying the History-Dependent Properties of Muscle Spindles and Stretch Reflexes. Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, 82 (8-9), 569-576.