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What is the difference between fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscles?

Fast-twitch muscles are used in quick, forceful muscle contractions such as sprinting or power lifting. Slow-twitch muscles are used in endurance activities such as long-distance running or biking.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Gustavus Adolphus College Athletic Training Education Program.)

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