Fatigue in vertegrate tendons: biomechanical and structural correlates of ontogenetic and adaptive change (2002–2004)
Tendons are important vertebrate tissues, but little is known about their mechanical properties under fatigue-loading. Recent research has shown that dramatic differences in fatigue properties occur and that these appear to be linked to the functional roles of tendons. This project uses a variety of approaches to explore how mechanical and structural properties of tendons change during growth, maturation and adaptation to different loading environments, and the cellular basis of fatigue resistance. An understanding of fatigue properties from cellular to tissue levels has significance in the areas of general biology, materials science and biomedical science. ''