Adamantios Arampatzis Why Do Elite Athletes Show a Higher Prevalence of Tendinopathy?

Adamantios Arampatzis is Head of the Department of Training and Movement Sciences at Humboldt University Berlin. Before this appointment, he was head of a research group focusing on neuro-biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system at the Institute of Biomechanics and Orthopedics at the German Sports University Cologne. He is interested in researching the plasticity of the musculoskeletal system after long- and short-term mechanical loading and the comprehension of the interaction between neuro-muscular capacity and motor function during day-to-day and sport activities. At present, he is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Biomechanics and the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology.

Area of Research

Training and Movement Sciences

since 2008

Professor and Head of Department

Humboldt University of Berlin (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) (more details)

Department of Training and Movement Sciences


Professor and Head of Research Group

Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln

Institute of Biomechanics and Orthopaedics


Habilitation in Biomechanics

Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln


PhD in Training and Movement Sciences and Sports Medicine

Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln

- International Society of Biomechanics

- German Society of Biomechanics

- Hellenic Society of Biomechanics

- European College of Sports Science

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Humboldt University of Berlin (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

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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.

The main research of the department focuses on quantifying and changing the neuro-biomechanical potential of humans and on the investigation of its influence on the locomotion in everyday life and sport. According to this the department also investigates the role of sport activities in order to prevent accidents and to preserve the quality of life for the elderly and people with chronic diseases.' (source)


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:

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
Falk Mersmann, Georgios Charcharis, Sebastian Bohm and Adamantios Arampatzis. "Muscle and Tendon Adaptation in Adolescence: Elite Volleyball Athletes Compared to Untrained Boys and Girls." Frontiers in Physiology 8 (2017): 417.