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Anatomy for Yoga Teachers – Biomechanics: Muscle Movement and Contraction

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce the anatomy of muscle movement through muscle contraction.

Objective

Gain an understanding of how muscles move and learn the related terminology

Description

Explain the purpose of muscle and how muscle movement happens. Define muscle contraction and explain how origin and insertion points relate to it. Name three types of muscle contraction and provide an example for each. Explain the agonist and antagonist muscle relationship and reciprocal inhibition, and how to use this knowledge in practice. Explain muscle cramping, why a muscle might cramp, and what might help.

Vocabulary

agonist, agonist-antagonist relationship, antagonist, concentric contraction, eccentric contraction, fixator muscle, insertion, isometric contraction, isotonic contraction, muscle contraction, origin, origin & insertion points, prime mover, reciprocal inhibition, stabilizer muscle, synergist muscles

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