Geometrically speaking, a muscle contraction should exert a force between the two attachment sites. However, the actual effect of the force on the overall geometry of the body near the point of attachment may not match the direction the force pulls. For example, although the bicep contraction in principle would pull the forearm closer to the humerus, instead during eccentric lengthening the arm is actually extending due to how the rest of the system is configured. This is an example of where the direction of force exerted by the muscle doesn't coincide with the movement of the
Can a muscle's net effect on the geometry of the system it acts on change mid-way through contraction?
For example, if my arm is eccentrically extending due to too heavy a weight in my hand and suddenly I drop the weight and now the bicep can contract. That's a simple example but I'm wondering how common it is for a the effect of a muscle's action to change midway through.