When a senior citizen encounters an injury, “I’m old” is a widely accepted explanation.
Was this reason good enough for researchers in England? “Nay,” they said, as horse tendons, which are very similar to human ones, were collected and tested for their elasticity and ability to recover.
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Their findings revealed specifically that stiffening in the aging tendons, along with decreased resistance to repetitive loading of the tissue, which holds tendon fiber bundles in place, is responsible.
This new discovery could change the way each tendon is treated when injured and help develop new treatments to prevent injuries in older people in the first place.
Visit Queen Mary University in London’s website to read more about the study straight from the horse’s mouth (or tendon rather).