I present observations on the numbers and distributions of muscle spindles indicating that spindle number is an important controlled variable of muscle design, but the distribution of spindles within a muscle is not. Although our understanding of the functional correlates of spindle number is far from complete, I argue that nothing that is known about their number or distribution is inconsistent with them acting as length sensors, in contradiction to Kokkorogiannis's comment [Brain Res. Bull., this issue] on Windorst's review [U. Windhorst, Muscle proprioceptive feedback and spinal networks, Brain Res. Bull. 73 (2007) 155-202]. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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