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J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2016, 1(3), 289-302; doi:10.3390/jfmk1030289

Morphological and Functional Aspects of Human Skeletal Muscle

Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Internal Medicine Division, School of Medicine, University of Catania, Catania 95123, Italy
Department of Biomedical and Biotechnological Sciences, Human Anatomy and Histology Section, School of Medicine, University of Catania, Catania 95123, Italy
North Bristol National Health Service (NHS) Trust, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Society of Acute Medicine, Southmead Way, Southmead Hospital, Bristol BS10 5NB, UK
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Academic Editor: Giuseppe Musumeci
Received: 23 May 2016 / Revised: 14 July 2016 / Accepted: 15 July 2016 / Published: 22 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Role of Exercises in Musculoskeletal Disorders)
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Skeletal muscle has multiple functions and is a key component of the locomotor system. It consists of carbohydrates and amino acids for different tissues such as skin, heart and brain. It contributes to the maintenance of blood glucose levels during periods of starvation. Skeletal muscle health is particularly important for the prevention of various diseases. This review discusses various aspects of skeletal muscle tissue including its development, structure, function and morphology, including the guidelines for histology methods. We have also discussed, sarcopenia, age-related muscle diseases and exercise. We hope this review will benefit readers of a clinical and non-clinical background. View Full-Text
Keywords: development; morphology; aging; sarcopenia; exercise; guidelines for histology development; morphology; aging; sarcopenia; exercise; guidelines for histology

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Trovato, F.M.; Imbesi, R.; Conway, N.; Castrogiovanni, P. Morphological and Functional Aspects of Human Skeletal Muscle. J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2016, 1, 289-302.

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