By American College of Sports Medicine, Nicholas Ratamess Jr. PhD CSCS*D FNSCA
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High and triple jumpers tend to have a high lower limb/trunk ratio and a high crural index. • Discus and javelin throwers tend to have longer arms with normal trunk lengths. • Cyclists tend to have a high crural index that increases mechanical advantage during pedaling. • Sports such as baseball and football are more variable based on the diversity of different positions. • Basketball and volleyball players tend to be tall and have long upper and lower limbs, and a high crural index. • Wrestlers and judo athletes tend to have a low lower limb/trunk ratio and a low crural index to assist in maintaining a low COG.
Several longitudinal (1,21,36) and cross-sectional studies (19) have shown that RT (resulting in muscle growth) increases a muscle’s angle of pennation in the resting state over time. However, during acute exercise, the muscle’s angle of pennation may increase largely to account for contraction. As a muscle shortens during contraction, fibers must shorten to accommodate the change in muscle belly shape. As a result, muscle fibers rotate and become more oblique (changing contraction leverage) as the fiber shortens (5) thereby increasing the angle of pennation further.
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ACSM's Foundations of Strength Training and Conditioning by American College of Sports Medicine, Nicholas Ratamess Jr. PhD CSCS*D FNSCA