The soleus is one of the strongest muscles in the human body. It is the dominant plantarflexor at the ankle and plays a key role in maintaining posture and balance [1]. The soleus has been associated with risk of falls in the elderly and it is prone to contracture resulting in reduced range of motion and potentially adverse affects on gait and balance. Accurately characterizing the force-length properties of the human soleus is important for basic clinical research and critical for those constructing musculoskeletal models if such models are to further our understanding of gait and posture in healthy and pathological populations.

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