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Effect of Fatigue Loading on Tendon Fascicle Extension Mechanisms

[+] Author Affiliations
Chavaunne T. Thorpe

Queen Mary University of London, London, UKUniversity of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Helen L. Birch

UCL, Stanmore, UK

Peter D. Clegg

University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Hazel R. C. Screen

Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

Paper No. SBC2013-14009, pp. V01BT37A001; 2 pages
  • ASME 2013 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • Volume 1B: Extremity; Fluid Mechanics; Gait; Growth, Remodeling, and Repair; Heart Valves; Injury Biomechanics; Mechanotransduction and Sub-Cellular Biophysics; MultiScale Biotransport; Muscle, Tendon and Ligament; Musculoskeletal Devices; Multiscale Mechanics; Thermal Medicine; Ocular Biomechanics; Pediatric Hemodynamics; Pericellular Phenomena; Tissue Mechanics; Biotransport Design and Devices; Spine; Stent Device Hemodynamics; Vascular Solid Mechanics; Student Paper and Design Competitions
  • Sunriver, Oregon, USA, June 26–29, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5561-4
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Tendon injury is common, probably occurring due to accumulation of microdamage within the tendon matrix as a result of repetitive loading rather than as a sudden onset condition1. The human Achilles tendon is highly susceptible to injury; this tendon functions as an energy store and experiences high stresses and strains during normal use2. The equine superficial digital flexor (SDFT) is also an energy storing tendon and is highly injury prone, therefore it is often used as a model to study structure function relationships within this type of tendon3. Our previous work has characterized the microstructural response of SDFT fascicles to applied strain, with results indicating the presence of a helical component to the fascicle which may facilitate extension by unwinding of the coil4. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of cyclic fatigue loading (creep) on the microstructural strain response of the equine SDFT to test the hypothesis that fatigue loading would result in altered fascicle extension mechanisms.

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Topics: Fatigue , Tendons



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