Journal article

Architectural properties of distal forelimb muscles in horses, Equus caballus

NAT Brown, CE Kawcak, CW McIlwraith, MG Pandy

JOURNAL OF MORPHOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2003

Abstract

Articular injuries in athletic horses are associated with large forces from ground impact and from muscular contraction. To accurately and noninvasively predict muscle and joint contact forces, a detailed model of musculoskeletal geometry and muscle architecture is required. Moreover, muscle architectural data can increase our understanding of the relationship between muscle structure and function in the equine distal forelimb. Muscle architectural data were collected from seven limbs obtained from five thoroughbred and thoroughbred-cross horses. Muscle belly rest length, tendon rest length, muscle volume, muscle fiber length, and pennation angle were measured for nine distal forelimb muscle..

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