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As a muscle shortens, the contraction is said to be concentric. A muscle performs positive work when it shortens from a mechanical standpoint. For instance, as an individual extends the hips and knees from a parallel squat position to the lockout phase (Figure 1-6), the gluteus maximus and vastus lateralis undergo concentric muscle actions at the hips and knees. When muscle lengthens during contraction it is said to be eccentric. Mechanically speaking, because the muscle is lengthening it is considered to be performing negative work.
Insulin-like growth factors are small polypeptide hormones secreted primarily by the liver, but they are also produced in skeletal-muscle tissue, especially in response to mechanical stress. IGF-1 is thought to possess potent anabolic properties in skeletal muscle, bone, and other connective tissue. Cortisol is a catabolic steroid hormone that is synthesized and released from the adrenal gland. The primary functions of cortisol are to synthesize glucose in the liver and break down fatty acids from body stores.
Under a microscope, the striated appearance of muscle can be distinguished by light and dark bands. The light band is referred to as the I band, while the dark band is called the A band. The I band contains only the thin actin myofilaments, which gives it a light appearance, while the A band contains mostly of myosin myofilaments, giving it a darker appearance. In the middle of the I band is a line that separates each sarcomere. This line is referred to as the Z-line and provides stability to the entire structure.
A Practical Guide to Developing Resistance-Training Programs by Jay R., Ph.D. Hoffman, Nicholas A., Ph.D. Ratamess