Strength Training Benefits Connective Tissue

11 Feb

Male-ConnectiveTissue-ref06[1]Want to improve the structure and function of your connective tissues?  Lift (heavy) weights.

In addition to its musculoskeletal benefits, high-intensity strength training also results in a net growth of the involved connective tissues.

Exercise of low- to moderate-intensity does not significantly change the collagen content of connective tissue.  Collagen is the main structural protein found in all connective tissues in the musculoskeletal system.

The 3 types of connective tissue are:

  • Tendon – a flexible but inelastic cord of strong fibrous collagen tissue attaching a muscle to a bone
  • Ligament – a short band of tough, flexible, fibrous connective tissue that connects two bones or cartilages or holds together a joint
  • Cartilage – a firm tissue, softer and much more flexible than bone; it is found in many areas of the body including joints between bones (e.g. the elbows, knees, and ankles); the “cushion” between bones

Connective tissues adapt to high-intensity musculoskeletal stimulation by growing and strengthening.

Weight-bearing exercise, with movement through a complete range-of-motion, seems to be vital to maintaining connective tissue development.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

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One Response to “Strength Training Benefits Connective Tissue”

  1. SimpleLivingOver50 February 11, 2015 at 8:28 AM #

    Reblogged this on Simple Living Over 50.

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