Dr. Kevin Yip

Dr Kevin Yip
Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS(UK), FRCS(EDIN), FAM(SING), FHKCOS(ORTHO)

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Types of Injury to the Muscle-tendon Complex

Muscles and tendons function together as units. In principle, injuries can affect the muscle origin, the muscle belly, the point at which muscle and tendon merge (the muscle-tendon junction), the tendon itself,and the insertion of the tendon into bone and periosteum. In practice, injuries to the muscles usually occur at the muscle-tendon junction regardless of the strain rate. More force and energy absorption occurs before failure in contracting muscles than in nonstimulated muscles, and isometrically preconditioned muscles require greater forces and an increase in length before failure occurs than nonpreconditioned muscle. Maintaining strength and a proper warm-up can therefore protect a muscle-tendon unit from injury.

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