Kangaroos, People, and Fascia.....
These seem unrelated, BUT there are some thought-provoking insights in the zone where these three subjects meet....below is a excerpt and link you might find interesting and informative.
Have a great day everyone.
Treat your Fascia nice everyday. :)
"The Catapult mechanism, the body’s storage capacity and MMP.
‘The catapult mechanism’, a unique ability of Fascia, and was discovered by scientists in 1998. Kram and Dawson were investigating why Kangaroos can jump further than can be explained by the force of the contraction in their leg muscles alone.
They discovered that the tendons and fascia of the Kangaroo’s legs are tensioned, and it is the release of this stored energy that enables the Kangaroos to jump so high. Investigation of other ‘jumping’ animals such as gazelles showed that these other animals use the same mechanism.
With the use of high-resolution ultrasound technology (Sawicki et al, 2009) it has been possible to show that humans also use this mechanism, and that our fascia has the same elastic storage capacity as kangaroos and gazelles and that we use the catapult mechanism not just to jump but in our everyday locomotion and movements.
Just this discovery alone is quite remarkable. We have all watched on television the amazing jumping ability of high jumpers and long jumpers at events such as the Olympic Games, but for most of us to be able to train to jump so high and far is beyond our imagination, but is it beyond our capabilities?"
The above excerpt and more information can be found at: http://traceymellorpilates.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-catapult-mechanism-and-birth-of-mmp.html
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