An eccentric muscle contraction is one is which a muscle produces force whilst it is actively lengthening.


Example of eccentric muscle contraction

A good example is when your quadriceps muscles (front of thigh) eccentrically contract and play out to control your leg when you walk downstairs.


An overview of acute muscle and tendon injury around the knee.



Eccentric Muscle Contractions: Risks and Benefits. Hody S, Croisier J-L, Bury T, Rogister B and Leprince P. Front Physiol. 2019; 10: 536.

Combination of Eccentric Exercise and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation to Improve Biomechanical Limb Symmetry After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Lepley LK, Wojtys EM and Palmieri-Smith RM. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2015 Aug; 30(7): 738–747.

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