Chapter 1. Muscle: Producing Force and Movement

  1. Ronald J. Maughan PhD
  1. Paavo V. Komi PhD1 and
  2. Masaki Ishikawa PhD2

Published Online: 10 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303315.ch1

Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport

Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport

How to Cite

Komi, P. V. and Ishikawa, M. (2008) Muscle: Producing Force and Movement, in Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport (ed R. J. Maughan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303315.ch1

Editor Information

  1. School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of the Biology of Physical Activity, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland

  2. 2

    Department of Health and Sport Management, Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences, Osaka, Japan

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405156387

Online ISBN: 9781444303315



  • muscle - producing force and movement;
  • basic muscle mechanics;
  • motor unit and its functional significance;
  • types of muscle action;
  • force-length (F-L) relationship;
  • force velocity (F-V) relationship of isolated muscle preparation;
  • stretch-shortening cycle (SSC) of muscle function;
  • instantaneous F-V relationship during SSC;
  • task (movement) specificity


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The motor unit and its functional significance

  • Basic muscle mechanics

  • Stretch-shortening cycle (SSC) of muscle function

  • Behavior of fascicle-tendon interactions during SSC movements

  • Conclusion

  • References