Types of Skeletal Muscle

Types of Skeletal Muscle

Author: Aaron Mullally

This lesson will describe the two basic types of skeletal muscle: "fast" and "slow" muscles.

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Terms to Know
Fast Skeletal Muscle

Also known as white skeletal muscle; a type of muscle that can contract quickly for a short period of time.


A protein that binds oxygen which is necessary for the production of ATP.

Slow Skeletal Muscle

Also known as red skeletal muscle; a type of muscle that can contract slowly for long periods of time.