Stronger Tendons, Stronger Body

Yes, it’s true – stronger tendons make a stronger body. Tendons, and their helpful cousins retinaculae, are specialized fascia that reinforce the body’s biotensegrity structure in areas where a lot of movement occurs. They can make or break the quality of our movement choices.

According to traditional anatomy and fitness culture, strength is increasing the size of a few big muscles that we can see in the mirror.  But bigger is not better.

Doing isolated exercises, like bicep curls, causes the belly or center of the muscle to get bigger. But the tendons at the ends of the muscles are not involved. 

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Explosive Strength for Athletes

When coaches refer an athlete to me, their first request is often to work on “explosive strength”. In basketball, quick pivots and high jumps. In baseball, fast throws. In soccer, direction changes and long kicks. On the track, fast starts. Really in all cases, quick, powerful moves in fast-paced sports.

I’ve learned that when we train one system at a time, we decrease our movement skills. No muscle or system works in isolation. So we must be careful to train for the full body movements we want, not for strength in specific muscles.

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Alex’s Broken Leg

Alex, an active 21 year old, enjoys and excels at soccer. During a game last year, he was slide tackled by an opposing player. This high-speed tackle was particularly horrific – his opponent’s cleats hit Alex’s lower leg, breaking his tibia and fibula.

Despite the severity of his injury, over the next several months Alex healed so well that he improved his vertical jump height!

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