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J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol., Volume 4, Issue 3 (September 2019) – 26 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Research has shown that when tendon tissue is exposed to high levels of strain (such as with [...] Read more. Research has shown that when tendon tissue is exposed to high levels of strain (such as with resistance exercise training (RET)), adaptations in biomechanical properties can occur, as well as the potential for tendon hypertrophy. Conventional RET consists of both a concentric and an eccentric component. However, when isolated, eccentric contractions are considered an attractive training modality due to their high force production and relatively low metabolic cost. Thus, the use of eccentric RET for tendon adaptation has gained interest. Unfortunately, during the natural aging process, a reduction in muscle mass and consequently a reduction in function is observed. In addition, negative changes in tendon properties are also seen, although these may be attributed to reduced activity. Nonetheless, eccentric exercise offers an appealing training modality for an aging population in order to counteract changes in both muscle and tendon tissue. Thus, our review discusses the tendon adaptation