Intramuscular pressure (IMP) has been put forth as a surrogate measure for muscle force. As technological advancements have lead to the creation of smaller IMP microsensors, obtaining IMP readings in the clinic has come closer to becoming a minimally-invasive reality. However, appropriate use of data from these sensors relies upon an understanding of the mechanism of pressure changes within skeletal muscle. To that end, a constitutive model, representing muscle as a transversely isotropic, hyperelastic, and isovolumetric was created [1] for implementation in a finite element simulation. The purpose of this study was to validate this constitutive muscle model with passive elongation tests of skeletal muscle tissue from New Zealand White (NZW) rabbits. Reaction forces and hydrostatic pressures resulting from applied deformations were determined with the finite element modeling (FEM) approach and were compared with previously published experimental data [2].

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