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Module 1: Módulo 16: Introdução aos tecidos musculares

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General Structure of a Skeletal Muscle

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A skeletal muscle generally has two major subdivisions.

Fleshy Belly Label: The main portion is the fleshy belly, where muscle tissue is located.

FCT Attachments Label: At the ends of the belly, the FCT continue and form some sort of attachment to the bones.

In the case of many skeletal muscles, this attachment is a discrete cord of dense FCT known as a tendon.

If the tendon is broad and flat rather than cord-like, we call it an aponeurosis.

FCT Attachments Label :
Often, we cannot see the tendon-like structure of attachment. Rather, the fleshy belly seems to be attached directly to the surface of the bone.
Such an attachment is called a fleshy attachment. However, in reality, the FCT still forms the actual attachment to the bone.

Muscle soreness is often the result of the tearing of the FCT attachment to a bone.