High frequency electrical stimulation (HFES) leads to muscle hypertrophy, and attention has been drawn to the high forces involved. However, both mechanical and metabolic stresses occur simultaneously, and both stimuli influence signaling cascades related to protein synthesis. This study aimed to identify the immediate signaling correlates of contraction-induced force and metabolic stresses under the hypothesis that HFES induces growth-related signaling through mechanical stimulation. Force-time integral (FTI) signaling in mouse tibialis anterior muscle was examined by separately manipulating the time of contraction to emphasize the metabolic aspect or the force of contraction to emphasize the mechanical aspect. When FTI was manipulated by changing the total time of activation, phosphorylation of p54 JNK, ERK and p70S6kT421/S424 was independent of FTI, while phosphorylation of ACC and p38 correlated with FTI. When FTI was manipulated by changing the force of contraction, p54 JNK, ERK, and p70S6kT421/S424 were again independent of FTI, while phosphorylation of p38 and FAK correlated with FTI. Factor analysis identified a p38-mTOR signaling module that correlated with FTI in both experiments. The consistent link among p38, mTOR and FTI suggests that they form a connected signaling module sensitive to the mechanical aspects of FTI, separate from markers of metabolic load.