Table 2.

Force enhancement following stretching on the descending limb of the force—length relationship of the cat soleus muscle under different conditions

Force enhancement (N)
Speed of stretching (mm s-1)3927
Frequency of stimulation (Hz)3053030
Magnitude of stretching (mm)
32.4±0.73.2±1.92.4±0.52.0±0.6
64.1±1.24.0±2.04.2±1.03.7±1.0
94.9±1.54.1±2.05.1±1.34.4±1.3
  • Values are means ± S.D. (N=8).

    Force enhancement increases significantly (P<0.05) with increasing magnitudes of stretch at all speeds and both stimulation frequencies.