Golgi tendon organ

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Golgi tendon organ

[′gȯl·jē ′ten·dən ‚ȯr·gən]
(physiology)
Any of the kinesthetic receptors situated near the junction of muscle fibers and a tendon which act as muscle-tension recorders.
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Traditional static stretching involves increasing tissue extensibility by activating Golgi tendon organs, which occurs after 7 to 10 seconds of holding an isometric stretch at a certain point of tension.
For example Dietz et al (6) have shown that the CNS can reset Golgi tendon receptors and related reflex arcs so that they function as delicate antigravity receptors.
Six seconds is used because, according to the neurophysiology of the muscle, it takes at least six seconds for the Golgi tendon organ to send impulses that trigger the muscle to relax and become receptive to the stretch.
When a muscle in a stretched position is held and then contracted, proprioceptors (sensory end organs in muscles, tendons, and joints) called golgi tendon organs (GTOs) are stimulated.
The Golgi tendon receptors play an important role in both of these techniques.