5 Microscopic Anatomy of a skeletal muscle fiber (cell) The major role of this elaborate system is to store calcium and to release it on demand when the muscle fiber is stimulated to contract.
6 Motor Units consist of a motor neuron and all the muscle fibers it activates. Photomicrograph of a portion of a motor unit.
7 Typical Nerve Cell - Neuron Neuromuscular junction (synaptic cleft)Axon hillockSchwann cellTypical Nerve Cell - NeuronMuscle cells have two special functions:1) irritability – the ability to receive and respond to a stimulus2) contractility – the ability to shorten (forcibly) when an adequate stimulus is received
8 The neuromuscular junction: Acetylcholine – neurotransmitter that stimulates skeletal muscle cells
9 Contraction of a Skeletal Muscle as a Whole Graded response - different degrees of shortening; involves cells with an “all-or-none” response; (1) changing frequency of muscle stimulation, (2) changing the number of muscle cells being stimulated.Muscle twitch – single, brief, jerky contraction; not normal operationComplete tetanus – fused muscle contraction; stimulation so rapid, no evidence of relaxation, contractions are smooth and sustainedIncomplete tetanus – unfused; muscle motion not completely smoothHow forcefully a muscle contracts depends on how many cells are being stimulated; the hand that caresses, can also deliver a stinging slap
10 Providing Energy for Muscle Contraction: ATP molecules are hydrolyzed to release the needed energy. Muscles store very limited supplies of ATP – 4 to 6 seconds worth. ATP is the only energy source that can be used directly to power muscle activity.Direct Phosphorylation Aerobic Respiration Anaerobic Respiration
11 Types of Muscle Contractions: Muscle fatigue and oxygen debt – exercising for prolonged times depletes ATP in the muscle; cannot be contracted even with stimulation; true muscle fatigue results in the muscle quitting, rarely occurs because most of us stop long before it happens – marathon runners.Types of Muscle Contractions:Isotonic – “same tone” or tension; muscle shortens, movement occurs (knee bend, smiling).Isometric – muscles do not shorten; “skidding you heels”, pushing against the wall, wall sits.Muscle tone – muscle remains firm, healthy, ready for action; continuous partial contractions.Resistance – isometric exercises, muscles pitted against immovable object.Exercise – “Use it or lose it”; strength, stamina, endurance.
12 Types of Muscle movements: Every one of the 600 muscles in the body is attached to a bone or connective tissue structure, at no less than two points.Origin – attached to the immovable or less movable boneInsertion – attached to the movable bone, moves toward the originBody movement occurs when muscles contract across joints.Muscle attachments – when a skeletal muscle contracts, its insertion moves toward its origin.
14 Types of Body Movements: Sagittal PlaneOpposite of flexionGreater than 180*
15 Rotation is movement of a bone around its longitudinal axis Rotation is movement of a bone around its longitudinal axis. Common in ball-and-socket joints. (Atlas and dens of axis)
16 Abduction is moving limb away from the midline of the body Abduction is moving limb away from the midline of the body. Adduction is moving limb toward midline of body.Circumduction – combination of flexion, extension, abduction, adduction.
18 Interactions of Skeletal Muscles in the Body: Muscles cannot push – they only pull as they contract.Movement is most often the result of the activity of two or more muscles acting together or against each other.Prime mover – the muscle with the major responsibility for causing a particular movement (biceps)Antagonist – muscle that oppose or reverse a movement (triceps)Synergist – help prime movers by producing the same movement or reducing undesirable movements (stabilizers)Fixators – specialized synergists – stabilize the origin of prime movers so all tension can be used to move the insertion bone
19 Naming Skeletal Muscles: Direction of muscles – reference to imaginary line; rectus – straight, oblique – running at an angleRelative size – gluteus maximus – Large; gluteus minimus – small, longus – longLocation of muscle – bone associated with, frontalis, temporalis, occipitalisNumber of origins – biceps, triceps, quadricepslocation of the muscles origin and insertion – sternocleidomastoidShape of muscle – deltoid is triangular, trapeziusAction of muscle – adductor magus
20 Arrangement of the fascicles: Circular – concentric circles, external body openings that close by contracting; sphincters; orbicularis orisConvergent - fascicles converge toward single insertion tendon; fan-shaped; pectoralis majorParallel – length of fascicles run parallel to the long axis; strap-like; sartoriusFusiform - spindle-shaped with expanded midsection; biceps brachiiPinnate - feather pattern; unipennate , bipennate, multipennate
21 Gross Anatomy of skeletal muscles: Head and Neck Facial muscles – inserted into soft tissues; facial expressions.Chewing muscles –mastication of food, elevating the mandibleNeck muscles –move the head and shoulder girdle
22 Trunk muscles: move vertebral column; anterior thorax muscles; abdominal walls Anterior muscles:Muscles of the upper limb:
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