Adamantios Arampatzis Why Do Elite Athletes Show a Higher Prevalence of Tendinopathy?
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Department of Training and Movement Sciences
'The Department of Training and Movement Sciences is dealing with the interaction of the neural and musculoskeletal system in teaching and research. Additionally the adaptation of the neural and musculoskeletal system by mechanical stress and its influence on human performance as well as motor control and movement safety is highlighted. Through an integrative approach of biomechanics, physiology and neuroscience consequences for athletes and for people with degenerative changes of the neural and musculoskeletal systems will be deduced.
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High-level athletes, such as basketball and volleyball players, show more than fifty percent prevalence of developing tendinopathy – an injured tendon – compared to the normal population. The researchers around ADAMANTIOS ARAMPATZIS assume that the reason for this could be the dysbalances in the adaptation between muscle and tendons. As he describes in this video, the researchers measured and compared the morphological, functional and mechanical properties of muscle and tendons of both elite athletes and representatives of the average population during the period of one year. They established that the athletes show a more pronounced adaptation in tendon compared to muscles and thus the demand on an athlete’s tendon is higher than in the normal population. This could be an explanation of the high tendency among athletes to develop injuries in the tendon.
LT Video Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10540
Muscle and Tendon Adaptation in Adolescence: Elite Volleyball Athletes Compared to Untrained Boys and Girls
- Falk Mersmann, Georgios Charcharis, Sebastian Bohm and Adamantios Arampatzis
- Frontiers in Physiology
- Published in 2017