antagonistic muscle


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Noun1.antagonistic muscle - (physiology) a muscle that opposes the action of anotherantagonistic muscle - (physiology) a muscle that opposes the action of another; "the biceps and triceps are antagonistic muscles"
muscle, musculus - one of the contractile organs of the body
agonist - a muscle that contracts while another relaxes; "when bending the elbow the biceps are the agonist"
antagonist - a muscle that relaxes while another contracts; "when bending the elbow the triceps are the antagonist"
physiology - the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms
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High levels of strength and muscle strength balance between antagonistic muscle groups may be used to protect the knee during jumping and landing activities [7].
Imbalances in strength, inappropriate synergistic muscle contractions (actions of assistance), or antagonistic muscle contractions (actions of resistance) are just a few of the biomechanical errors that compromise performance or lead to injury.
It is further proposed that intervention strategies for reversing tic habits should include a more holistic behavioral restructuring of muscle use rather than just an exclusive focus on developing antagonistic muscle actions as competing responses.