Tonic contraction of the muscles in response to its being stretched. When a muscle lengthens beyond a certain point, the myotatic reflex causes it to tighten and attempt to shorten. This is the tension you feel during stretching exercises. The term "myotatic reflex" was coined by Sir William Richard Gowers 1845-1915) in the 1880's.
- E G. T. Liddell and Sir Charles Scott Sherrington.
Reflexes in response to stretch (myotatic reflexes).
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, 1924, 86: 212-242.
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