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Latent period

During and immediately after action potential when no visible change occurs in the muscle fiber (3-10 msec.)

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Threshold

Minimal voltage necessary to produce muscle contraction

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Twitch

When muscle is given a single, brief stimulation, it shows a twitch which is a cycle of contraction and relaxation

Contraction phase followed by relaxation phase

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All-or-none law

Muscle fiber exhibits a max contraction response or it exhibits none at all

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Motor unit

Motor neuron + all the fibers it innervates

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How is the strength of contraction of a whole muscle graded?

It differs as more motor units join in

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Treppe

(Staircase phenomenon) Muscle exhibit in response to a series of stimuli of the same strength.

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What is Treppe probably due to?

The inability of the muscle cells to fully return calcium to the sarcoplasmic reticulum

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Example of something that exhibits Treppe

Successive increase in amplitude of the first few contractions of cardiac muscle that's received a # of stimuli of the same intensity following a quiescent period

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Refractory period

After a twitch, this is a brieft (1-2 msec.) period needed to restore the resting potential.

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What happens during the refractory period

The sarcolemma is repolarizing and won't respond to new stimulus

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What happens if second stimulus arrived before the complete relaxation of a muscle

The muscle will achieve temporal summation (wave summation) and achieve a higher level of tension

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what happens during temporal summation

The muscle will achieve a higher level of tension

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When will temporal summation (wave summation) occur

If a second stimulation arrives before he complete relaxation of a muscle in the refractory period

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Incomplete tetanus

If the stimuli are frequent enough that the muscle cannot relax completely in between

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Complete tetanus

If there is no time to relax AT ALL between stimuli

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Isometric contraction

Muscle contracts but does not change length (NO MOVEMENT)

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Isotonic contraction

Muscle contracts with force greater/less than resistance and shortens/lengthens (MOVEMENT)

Ex: curls

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Concentric contraction

Muscle contracts with force greater than resistance and shortens

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Eccentric contraction

Muscle contracts with force less than resistance and lengthens

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What accumulates during anaerobic fermentation when O2 is limited

Lactic acid

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Phosphagen system

Phosphagen groups goes around recruiting phosphate to be ready to combine with ADP to make ATP

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How do we get immediate energy

For short, quick spurts of energy we rely on the phosphagen system to supply ATP

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What are the two phosphagen groups and what do they do

Myokinase and creatine kinase and they recruit phosphate groups

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Short term energy

After the phosphagen system is exhausted muscle relies on fermentation (glycogen-lactic acid pathway) for ATP for 30-40 seconds

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Long term energy

Aerobic respiration (cellular respiration with oxygen)

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Where does lactic acid go

Back and forth between muscle and liver

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What happens as glycogen is consumed

ATP synthesis declines. This shortage slows down the cells ability to maintain the resting membrane potential (NA, K pump)

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What do too many potassium ions do

Reduces membrane potential, muscle fatigue

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Why can't we continue to live off of fermentation

Lactic acid lowers the pH of the sarcoplasm and impairs the action of enzymes