Table 3.

Passive force enhancement following active stretching of cat soleus muscle on the descending limb of the force—length relationship as a function of the amount and the speed of stretching

Speed of stretching (mm s-1)Force enhancement (N)
3927
Passive%Passive%Passive%
Magnitude of stretching (mm)
30.3±0.412.50.2±0.28.30.2±0.110.0
62.2±0.953.72.2±0.552.32.0±0.354.1
94.1±1.683.73.6±0.770.62.8±0.563.6
  • Values are means ± 1 S.D. (N=8).

    The mean percentage contributions of passive force enhancement to the total force enhancement observed in the active muscle are also given. These percentage contributions were calculated as passive force enhancement/total force enhancement×100.