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bigjonnyc


Oct 24, 2013, 12:49 PM
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Do tendons take as long to weaken as they do to strengthen?
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So I'm getting back into climbing after over a year off. Previously I climbed for about eight years and feel that I built some pretty strong tendons. I wondering if anyone knows about weakening of tendons. Anyone with some basic knowledge of training for climbing knows it takes years to build really strong tendons. Is the opposite true as well? Do tendons take years of inactivity to go back to their preclimbing strength?


kenr


Oct 25, 2013, 5:43 PM
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The three best modern English-language books on how to climb better do not mention the old lore about tendons growing slower than muscles. Nor do they say anything different about how to develop tendon strength as opposed to muscle strength.

I haven't seen anyone on a climbing forum quote any well-designed scientific studies in the last ten or twenty years which found that tendons in general grow slower than muscles. The last summary result which I heard about this was, "It depends."

I'd be really surprised if any well-designed scientific study has been done about loss of tendon strength versus muscles. I would bet money there's never been a scientific study of that for a period of longer than five years.

I suggest be careful to ramp up carefully and incrementally - (maybe read a modern book about climbing better).

Ken


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