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2003/12/12 13:35:02 (permalink)
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tendon strength?

lo guys, was just thinking, I know some people warn of the dangers of increasing muscle strength and using high loads without first conditioning connective tissues. But don't these same connective tissues like tendons have a much greater load bearing ability than muscles? So going by the same logic, wouldnt it take theses very heavy loads to increase ligament strength?
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    RE: tendon strength? 2003/12/13 01:54:19 (permalink)
    hmmm

    good q, BUMP
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    RE: tendon strength? 2003/12/13 07:26:24 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by suggy3001

    lo guys, was just thinking, I know some people warn of the dangers of increasing muscle strength and using high loads without first conditioning connective tissues. But don't these same connective tissues like tendons have a much greater load bearing ability than muscles? So going by the same logic, wouldnt it take theses very heavy loads to increase ligament strength?


    The tendons should ideally be strong enough to bear the loads which you put upon them. However if you concentrate solely on gaining muscle mass and neglect strengthening your body adequately you may alter the balance adversely and induce a higher propensity for exceeding the bearable load on the tendons = probable injury.

    So the key is to keep an eye on improving your strength at the same time as bodybuilding (if that is you thing) so as to help avoid injury.

    If you are solely concerned with increasing strength then by the very nature of your training, assuming you are training wisely, you will improve connective tissue strength.

    I hope that helps.

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