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Tending to Tendons

by: Sarah Kolvas

IDEA Body Lab

Discover more about the tough fibers that keep your bones and muscles in motion.

You’re no doubt familiar with the Achilles tendon, named after the Greek demigod whose singular physical weakness brought him to his knees. But how much do you know about tendon functionality? When it comes to mobility, tendons are the unsung heroes of our anatomy. These tough yet flexible cords of fibrous tissue connect muscle to bone—unlike ligaments, which connect bone to bone.

Tendons are found throughout the body, to help facilitate movement. When a muscle contracts, the tendon absorbs some of the impact and pulls the attached bone into action.

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Fitness Journal, Volume 16, Issue 1

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Sarah Kolvas

Sarah Kolvas IDEA Author/Presenter