antagonistic muscles

an·tag·o·nis·tic mus·cles

two or more muscles that produce opposite movements (function), the contraction of one having the potential, in theory, to "neutralize" that of the other; however, in so doing, they are frequently acting as synergists in fixing the moving part.

an·tag·o·nis·tic mus·cles

(an-tag'ŏ-nist'ik mŭs'ĕlz)
Those having opposite functions, the action of one tending to oppose or neutralize that of the other.
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Furthermore, it is possible that counterproductive firing of agonist and antagonist evoke demands on voluntary contraction, especially on a reduced co-activation of antagonistic muscles, to continue the required dynamic exercise.
Tetanus toxin thus blocks the normal inhibition of antagonistic muscles on which voluntary coordinated movements depends.
Coordination involves the proper muscles contracting to the proper extent at the exact instant they need to, for only as long as necessary, while antagonistic muscles (biceps versus triceps, for instance) release and elongate with similar precision.
Myofascial connections between muscles are involved in the force transmission of one muscle to a neighboring one, and even to antagonistic muscles [19-20].
This technique is used to strengthen and buildup endurance of weaker muscles and develop co-ordination and establish the normal reversal of antagonistic muscles in the performance of movememt (http://en.
To assess severity of motor disorders in ICP patients and to compare EBA values of synergistic and antagonistic muscles, adequacy and reciprocity coefficients were calculated (Carla Rito et al.
The reduction in dancers' level of reciprocal inhibition could be the result of needed co-contraction of antagonistic muscles in the lower leg (1,23) to maintain balance for dance positions, such as arabesque.
The idea is to balance antagonistic muscles (those that do opposite function across a joint), for example, abduction and adduction.
If it can be shown that Pm4 plays a role in the anti-clockwise return the shell, Pm4 and Pm5 would be antagonistic muscles.
Electrical stimulation of the antagonistic muscles may improve the efficacy of stretching by providing an additional stretch to the agonistic muscles.
Regular weight training will balance antagonistic muscles such as quad and hamstrings and strengthen joints, enabling them to absorb more force from tackles or falls.
Synkinesis depends on the quantity and the quality of the reinnervation of the antagonistic muscles and the equilibrium or disequilibrium in reinnervation that has occurred.