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Research Article  |   April 1984
The Golgi Tendon Organ: A Review and Update
Author Affiliations
  • Josephine C. Moore, Ph.D., OTR, DSc (Hon), is Professor and Head of Neuroanatomy Section, Department of Anatomy, University of South Dakota School of Medicine, Vermillion, South Dakota 57069
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Research Article   |   April 1984
The Golgi Tendon Organ: A Review and Update
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1984, Vol. 38, 227-236. doi:10.5014/ajot.38.4.227
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1984, Vol. 38, 227-236. doi:10.5014/ajot.38.4.227
Abstract

This article presents current information concerning (a) the structural relationships of the Golgi tendon organ (GTO) with different types of extrafusal muscle fibers; (b) the Gp.Ib reafferent or feedback fibers from the GTO; (c) the way in which these proprioceptors monitor muscle tension and function in parallel processing with other receptors and with the central control mechanisms of the nervous system; and (d) how GTO’s are involved in regulating autogenic excitation, autogenic inhibition, or co-contraction of extrafusal muscle fibers.