Built for Speed: Musculoskeletal Structure and Sprinting Ability

 Abstract: The musculoskeletal structure of the foot and ankle has the potential to influence human sprinting performance in complex ways. A large Achilles’ tendon moment arm improves the mechanical advantage of the triceps surae but also produces larger shortening velocity during rapid plantar-flexion, which detracts from the force-generating capacity of the plantar-flexors. The lever arm ...

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