Optimum Joint Angle and Exercise: Foundations and Applications

Pablo Antonio Rubio-Sobrino

Raúl Rodríguez-Casares

Xavier Aguado

Luis M. Alegre

*Corresponding author: Luis M. Alegre luis.alegre@uclm.es

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Rubio-Sobrino, P. A., Rodríguez-Casares, R., Aguado, X., & Alegre, L. M. (2012). Optimum Joint Angle and Exercise: Foundations and Applications. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 109, 65-72.  https://dx.doi.org/10.5672/apunts.2014-0983.es.(2012/3).109.06



The optimum angle refers to the joint position at which the maximum peak occurs at the moment of force within the joint angle-time curve. This parameter can be used to estimate changes in the force-length curve of a muscle group. The optimum angle can be obtained from measurements in isometric and dynamic tests, and this should be taken into account when making comparisons. The optimum angle can be altered both acutely and chronically. The main factors that modify it are the intensity and volume of exercise, muscle length, contraction mode and velocity of contraction. The ability to evaluate and modify the optimum angle can be used in programmes for the prevention of muscle injuries, especially in team sports like football. This review examines and discusses the studies found in the literature related to this topic.

Keywords: biomechanics, Fascicle length, force-muscle length ratio, isokinetic, muscle injury, sarcomerogénesis.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: November 2, 2011

Accepted: March 6, 2012

Published: July 01, 2012