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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Reciprocal inhibition is a reflex muscular relaxation that occurs in the muscle that is opposite the muscle where the golgi tendon organ is stimulated.
Assuming an effect of PNF a lower value was observed after stretching, which would indicate lower motor units recruited and/or their firing rate was inhibited by its own Golgi tendon organs and by the muscle spindles of its stretched antagonist (20).
The purpose of this article is to review the anatomy of the Golgi tendon organ (GTO), one of many types of sensory receptors in muscles, tendons, and joints.
In brief, it appears as though a variety of factors (triggers) may alter normal neuromuscular control, especially so during intense or fatiguing exercise, leading to the development of persistent inward currents in the dendritic field of lower motor neurons sufficient to exceed the excitation threshold of affected neurons, perhaps coinciding with a simultaneous reduction in inhibitory input from afferent receptors such as Golgi Tendon Organs (18).
Golgi Tendon Organs that detect tension applied to the muscle tendon during muscle contraction/stretch.
The possible reduced strength after stretching at different insistence times can be partially explained by an autogenic inhibition generated by the stretching owed the activation of Golgi tendon organs (CHALMERS, 2004) which may cause a decrease in the excitability of [alpha]-motoneurons (FOWLES et al., 2000).