How tendons, ligaments and joints function
Before going deep into strength training for these parts, it is essential to get a basic understanding of what tendons, ligaments and joints are and how they function.
In a basic sense, tendons are tough and flexible bands of connective tissues that connect the muscles to the bones. Despite their tough nature, tendons are flexible and enable you to move freely. The ligament on the other hand is a fibrous elastic tissue that connects two or more bones together to form a joint. The elastic property of the ligaments allows them to be elongated up to a certain extent. Beyond this point, the ligament gets overstretched and can compromise the safety of the joint they surround. Joints are complex structures that enable relative movement between bones.
Training for strength
The primary goal that body builders seek is to gain muscle bulk as quickly as possible. Tendons and ligaments play a huge role in weight as well as strength training. A well-developed tendon or ligament is high in elasticity and is capable of generating immense power. They also allow quick movement. In ideal conditions, ligaments, tendons, and joints develop along with the muscle. However, if the weights are increased significantly in a short period of time, the muscles develop quicker then tendons, ligaments, or joints.
Being the most vulnerable areas of the human skeletal and muscular system, these will need to be targeted specifically for an increase in strength as well as weight. If this is not taken care of adequately, an injury is evident as the ligaments and tendons do not respond as quickly as muscles due to their highly elastic nature.
As a result, exercises that target anatomical adaption are ideal to prevent any injuries that may arise as a result of weak tendons, ligaments, and joints. These exercises are intended at strengthening these vulnerable parts and any interruption to the strengthening process can lead to injuries once you start training with weights.
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