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Overview of the Muscular System

Overview of the Muscular System

3T MRI of an ankle, showing muscles and bones.
© Nuada Medical, Wellcome Images.

Muscles provide strength and support to the skeletal system. They work in coordination to provide stability, enabling an individual to move, balance and maintain posture by counteracting gravity. Muscles may also provide the body with heat.



Author(s): Center for Educational Outreach, Baylor College of Medicine.
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Overview of the Muscular System

Major Components of the System

Skeletal Muscle

Smooth Muscle

Cardiac Muscle

Muscle Contraction

Muscle Relaxation

Functions of the System