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- constitute 40-50% of the total body weight
- produce movement/motion from alternate contraction (shortening)
and relaxation

Myology – scientific studies of muscles

Functions of Muscles:
1. produce movement
2. stabilize body position
3. regulate organ volume
4. generate heat
5. movement of substances in the body

Types of Muscle Tissue
1. Skeletal muscle
- attached primarily to the bone
- moves parts of the skeleton
- striated, voluntary

2. Cardiac muscle
- form most of the heart
- striated, involuntary muscle
- has a pacemaker system that causes the heart to beat

3. Smooth muscle
- located in the walls of hollow internal organs (stomach, bv,
intestine, etc.)
- nonstriated/smooth, involuntary

Characteristics of Muscle Tissue
1. Excitability/Irritability
2. Conductivity
3. contractility
4. Extensibility
5. Elasticity

Connective Tissue components:
1. Fascia – sheet or broad band of fibrous connective tissue deep to
the skin or around muscles and other organs of the body
a. Superficial fascia – immediately beneath the skin
- stores water and fat
- reduces the rate of heat loss
- provides mechanical protection against traumatic blows
- provides framework for nerves and blood vessels to
enter and exit muscles

b. Deep fascia – dense, irregular connective tissue that lines
the body walls and limbs and hold the muscle groups
together (functional grp)

Muscular Organization

Skeletal muscle – group of Fascicles – group of muscle fibers – group of
myofibrils – group of myofilaments

Covering of the muscle tissues
1. Epimysium – whole muscle
2. Perimysium – muscle bundles/fascicles
3. Endomysium – individual muscle fibers

• Tendon – cord of dense connective tissue (3 coverings) that
attaches a muscle to the periosteum of a bone
• Aponeurosis – broad, flat layer of connective tissue attaches a
muscle to the coverings of a bone, another muscle or skin

Nerve Supply

*Motor Neuron – these are neurons that stimulate muscle to contract
*Motor unit – motor neuron + all muscle fibers it innervates
*NMJ – synapse formed between a motor neuron and skeletal muscle fiber
- aka Myoneuronal junction
*Synapse – a specialized region of connection between neurons
*Ach – neurotransmitter in the NMJ
- upon release of enough Ach in the NMJ causes a change I the
membrane potential of the sarcolema making it permeable to the sodium ion
producing muscle action potential leading to muscle contraction

Microscopic Anatomy of Skeletal Muscles
• Sarcomere – basic functional unit of striated muscle
• Sarcolemma – plasma membrane of a muscle cell
• Sarcoplasm – muscle cytoplasm
• Sarcoplasmic reticulum – fluid filled system, store Ca+
• T Tubules (Transverse) tunnel like in folding of the sarcolemma
• Myofibrils – contractile elements of skeletal muscle

3 Types of Myofilaments
1. Thin filament – Actin
- composed of
* Actin
- G actin – basic building block of actin
- F actin – polymerized/long fibrous stand of G
* Tropomyosin
- Two strands of tropomyosin are twisted around
the double call of F’actin
* Troponin
- Globular protein, binds to a specific region of the
tropomyosin filaments
- Has enormous avidity for Ca lons

2. Thick Filament – Myosin
- has two fragments
* Light Meromyosin
- Responsible for self aggregation properties of
* Heavy Meromyosin
- Shaped like the lower ¼ of a hockey stick
- Exhibits enzyme like qualities capable of
splitting ATP into ADP and PO4 and energy

3. Elastic Filament – Connection

Parts of the Sacromere

1. Z disc / line – separates one sacromere from another
2. A Band – dark band, consist mostly of thick filaments and includes
portion of thin filaments
3. I Band – light band, consist of thin filaments
4. H Zone – center of each A band containing thick bands
5. M Line – divides the H Zone

Sliding Filament Mechanism


1. In the relaxed state the regulatory proteins forming part of the actin
myofilaments event myosin binding
2. Upon action poterial along the sacrolemma, Calcium lons are released
from the sacroplasmic reticulum
3. The calcium lons bind with the regulatory proteins, which changes its
shape and thereby exposing the myosin binding sites
4. Myosin heads pivot to the center of the sacromere upon attachment to
the actin
5. The myosin heads pivot to the center of the sacromere upon
attachment to the actin
6. ATP provides the energy needed to release and reposition the myosin
heads ready to take another step. (Produce movement like that of the
7. When the action potential ends the calcium lons are reabsorbed back
in the sacroplasmic reticulum, the proteins return back to its original

shape and place covering the myosin binding site thereby returning
the muscle length back to its original length.

Note: only the actin filaments during contraction and slides over the myosin.

Muscle Twitch
- briet contraction of all the muscle fibers in a motor unit of a
- latent period, contraction period, relaxation period
- follows the “All or None Principle”

Wave/Temporal Summation
- stimuli arrive at different times and cause larger contractions

Tetanus – sustained muscular stimulation

- staircase effect
- muscle is stimulated for some time and is then stimulated to
contract by several identical stimuli that are toofar apart for wave

- process of increasing the number of active motor units

Types of Ms Contraction

1. Isotonic
a. Eccentric
b. Concentric
2. Isometric
3. Isokinetic

3 Energy System of Muscle Contraction

1. Phosphagen
- utilized phosphocreatine to produce ATP
- Maximum contraction lasts for 15 secs

2. Glycogen-Lactic Acid System
- utilizes glucose to produce ATP
- Anaerobic process
- Maximum contraction lasts for 30 – 40 secs

3. Aerobic System
- utilizes oxygen (Biological Oxidation)
- this is utilized for activities lasting longer than ½ min

2 Sources of Muscle Oxygen

1. Blood through diffusion
2. Myoglobin

* Endurance VS Strength Training

Types of Skeletal Ms Fibers
According to myoglobin content

a. Read Ms fivers – increased myoglobin mitochondria, blood
b. White Ms fibers – low myoglobin

According to Metabolic Process

1. Slow Oxidation (Type I) – slow twitch, fatigue resistant
2. Fast Oxidation (Type IIA) – fast twitch A, fatigue resistant
3. Fast Glycolytic (Type IIB) – fast twitch B, fatigable fibers

Macroscopic Anatomy

1. Origin – attachment of a muscle tendon to a stationary bone
2. Insertion – attachment of a muscle tendon to a movable bone
3. Belly – fleshy portion of the muscle
Note: The muscle groups in the UE and LE are placed in specific
compartments so as to determine easily their group muscle action.

Upper Extremity Muscle Trunk Muscle
Head and Neck Muscle LE Muscle
Facial Muscle