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Physiological Aspects of Legged Terrestrial Locomotion

The Motor and the Machine

Authors: Cavagna, Giovanni

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  • Provides a succinct but comprehensive description of the mechanics of muscle contraction and legged terrestrial locomotion
  • Clarifies how the fundamental properties of muscle tissue affect the mechanics of locomotion
  • Describes how the mechanics of locomotion modify the mechanism of muscle operation under different conditions
  • Presents the outcomes of original experiments
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This book offers a succinct but comprehensive description of the mechanics of muscle contraction and legged terrestrial locomotion. It describes on the one hand how the fundamental properties of muscle tissue affect the mechanics of locomotion, and on the other, how the mechanics of locomotion modify the mechanism of muscle operation under different conditions.

Further, the book reports on the design and results of experiments conducted with two goals. The first was to describe the physiological function of muscle tissue (which may be considered as the “motor”) contracting at a constant length, during shortening, during lengthening, and under a condition that occurs most frequently in the back-and-forth movement of the limbs during locomotion, namely the stretch-shortening cycle of the active muscle. The second objective was to analyze the interaction between the motor and the “machine” (the skeletal lever system) during walking and running in different scenarios with respect to speed, step frequency, body mass, gravity, age, and pathological gait. The book will be of considerable interest to physiology, biology and physics students, and provides researchers with stimuli for further experimental and analytical work.

About the authors

Giovanni A. Cavagna is Emeritus Professor of Human Physiology at State University of Milan, Italy. His research has mainly focused on biomechanics and biophysics.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook 117,69 €
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Hardcover 145,59 €
price for Italia (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-49979-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide <
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Softcover 145,59 €
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide <
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  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Physiological Aspects of Legged Terrestrial Locomotion
Book Subtitle
The Motor and the Machine
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-49980-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-49980-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-49979-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84290-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 274
Number of Illustrations
122 b/w illustrations, 25 illustrations in colour
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