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Optimization of Muscles and Movement for Performance or Economy of Energy

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This paper shows by a series of examples how the muscles and movements of humans and animals seem to be designed, in some cases to give maximum performance and in others to minimize energy costs. The swimming muscles of fishes seem to be designed so that, when maximum power output is required, they are shortening at the rates at which they can produce most power. Muscles that drive oscillatory movements will use least energy if they have the optimum combination of muscle properties and tendon elasticity. High jumpers and long jumpers must run up at different speeds, and set down their legs at different angles, to perform the best jumps. We adjust various features of our gait, as we change speed, to minimize the energy cost of travelling on foot.

Affiliations: 1: School of Biology, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK

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