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Shock therapy: Tendons absorb shock's muscles won't handle

March 22, 2012

Shock therapyShock therapyResearchers at Brown University have learned how muscles and tendons in the legs deal with sudden impacts. Experiments showed that tendons absorb the initial burst of energy from impact before the leg muscles react. The tendons act as shock absorbers, protecting the leg muscle from damage at the moment of impact. Results are published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. (See more at Brown News and Events September 28, 2011)