Böhm, H.; Cole, G. K.; Brüggemann, G. P.; Ruder, H.
Contribution of Muscle Series Elasticity to Maximum Performance in Drop Jumping
The contribution of muscle in-series compliance on maximum performance of the muscle tendon complex was investigated using a forward dynamic computer simulation. The model of the human body contains 8 Hill-type muscles of the lower extremities. Muscle activation is optimized as a function of time, so that maximum drop jump height is achieved by the model. It is shown that the muscle series elastic energy stored in the downward phase provides a considerable contribution (32