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Observations on the control of stepping and hopping movements in man

By G. Melvill Jones and D. G. D. Watt


1. The presence of a form of stretch reflex, previously described in the arm by other authors, has been confirmed in the gastrocnemius muscle of the human leg. The electromyographic (e.m.g.) manifestation of this reflex occurred 120 msec (S.E. of mean = 3·5 msec) following a sharply applied, and maintained, dorsiflexing force to the foot. This form of response is referred to in this article as the Functional Stretch Reflex (FSR)

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