Contraction

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Contraction

In a business cycle, the time between the peak and the bottom. That is, a contraction occurs between the end of economic growth and the end of the subsequent recession. Contractions are characterized by layoffs, a decline in GDP, and other negative factors. However, historically, contractions have tended not to last as long as expansions.
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Interruption of muscle blood flow by means of significant intramuscular pressure has been extensively studied during sustained isometric muscle contractions, many of which have been performed using handgrip exercise (Barnes, 1980; Kagaya and Homma, 1997).