Why are tendons and ligaments so susceptible to injury? Top
The main action of tendons is to transmit muscle power to the lower leg, and healthy tendons are able to bear extreme stretching forces. Tendons also have elastic properties, allowing them to store 'energy' and absorb minor overloads during exercise. However, any sudden overload exceeding the limits of their ability to stretch can result in tearing of the tendon structure.
Studies have shown that the 'safe' working elastic stretch in a warmed up tendon is about 3%. However, if strain is excessive the tendon fibres behave in a 'plastic' manner, and can be safely stretched up to 8% of their length until their 'elastic' limit is reached. If loading increases, the maximum 'strain' limit is exceeded and the tendon fibres and blood vessels will begin to rupture, beginning within the central core of the tendon. The end result is the inflammation, pain and swelling characteristic of a 'bowed' tendon.
Specific nutrients may improve the elasticity of tendons, which not only helps to reduce the incidence of tendon problems, but also encourages the repair of damaged tendon tissue. Daily supplementation with Vitamin A, Vitamin D, selenium, copper, zinc and manganese is recommended. All of these nutrients are provided by a daily dose of Feramo-H. In addition a supplement of good quality protein such as 2 cups per day of soyabean, canola or lupin meal is recommended to provide amino acid building blocks for tendon repair.
Put simply, deep-strength training entails lifting heavy weights with few repetitions. Devotees combine explosive moves like an Olympic-style clean and jerk with "negatives," which focus on the downward, or gravity-assisted, component of a lift. Deep-strength regimens also prescribe restricted "partials," motions that cover only a few inches.
Tendons and ligaments are essential in terms of weight training. They are very similar in composition, serve different functions and significantly assist with the process of muscular extension and contraction. Both are designed to passively stabilize joints. A tendon connects the ends of a muscle belly to bone tissue and can be likened to a tough strap-like cord.
When properly developed, a tendon has good elasticity and is strong and capable of great power. Tendons essentially cause the bone to move as they transmit tensile load produced by the muscles. A tendon will strengthen concurrently with the muscle usually but if great increases in weight are desired they need to be targeted separately. Tendon injuries are relatively common in those who use anabolic steroids and increase muscle, but not tendon, strength at a phenomenal rate.
This illustrates the need to train them independent of muscle under these circumstances. On the other hand, tendons can become stronger than muscles and muscle ruptures can result. This is why it is important, when looking to increase weight lifted, to incorporate specific tendon training power assistance exercises) into an established muscle training routine rather than training exclusively with heavy weights or with power assistance exercises or weights that can be handled with ease.
With either approach tendon or muscle ruptures could occur and, besides, massive increases in weight will not be realised if these approaches are not used concurrently. Tendon ruptures are very serious, with a 50 week full recovery rate being about average.
Ligaments are tougher cord-like fibres with greater flexibility. They tie, or bind, bones together at joints and allow for movement in a specific direction.
Tendons & Ligaments Are Composed Of Two Fibre Types:
Collagen provides strength and stiffness while elastin allows the joint to extend. Given the vitalness of tendons and ligaments in terms of training with maximal weights...
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