NIGG, B.M. and J.M. WAKELING. Impact forces and muscle tuning: a new paradigm. Exerc. Sport Sci. Rev., Vol. 29, No. 1, pp 37-41, 2001. We propose that repetitive impact forces during physical activities are not important from an injury perspective but are the reason for changes in myoelectric activity (muscle tuning) to minimize soft tissue vibrations. Changes in myoelectric activity (intensity, frequency, timing), comfort, and performance provide supporting evidence for this new paradigm.
Human Performance Laboratory, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Accepted for publication: October 12, 2000
Address for correspondence: Benno M. Nigg, Dr. sc. nat., Professor of Biomechanics, Director: Human Performance Laboratory, Faculty of Kinesiology, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4.