Fascicles from energy-storing tendons show an age-specific response to cyclic fatigue loading.

@article{Thorpe2014FasciclesFE,
  title={Fascicles from energy-storing tendons show an age-specific response to cyclic fatigue loading.},
  author={Chavaunne Thandiwe Thorpe and Graham J. P. Riley and Helen L Birch and Peter David Clegg and Hazel R. C. Screen},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society, Interface},
  year={2014},
  volume={11 92},
  pages={20131058}
}
Some tendons, such as the human Achilles and equine superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT), act as energy stores, stretching and recoiling to increase efficiency during locomotion. Our previous observations of rotation in response to applied strain in SDFT fascicles suggest a helical structure, which may provide energy-storing tendons with a greater ability to extend and recoil efficiently. Despite this specialization, energy-storing tendons are prone to age-related tendinopathy. The aim of… CONTINUE READING
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