Projects and collaboration
Recent projects have explored the functional significance of tendon stiffness and muscle architecture. Animal comparison studies have shown that muscle and tendon properties are highly specialized tissues. Muscle architecture and tendon stiffness seem optimized for the functions that they fulfill in daily activities. One of our research directions explores the transferability of these observations to the mechanisms driving tissue adaptations Werkhausen et al. (2019). Muscle architecture is a main outcome variable in these projects and has been the object of methodological development at our lab (Seynnes and Cronin 2020).
Recent collaborative projects were successfully completed in various areas and in particular about tendon clinical issues. Some of these projects have focused on the possibility to treat tendinopathy conservatively (non-invasively) with innovative methods (submitted work). Another collaboration focused on recovery from tendon rupture (Stäudle et al. 2021).
Our new/planned work will focus on the detection and prevention of non-traumatic injuries of muscular and connective tissue. This research will be based on the paradigm of damage accumulation. In a first step, we aim to explore variations in tissue mechanical properties in response to strenuous conditions.