The aging tendon

Scand J Med Sci Sports. 1997 Apr;7(2):72-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.1997.tb00122.x.


After maturation tendons undergo many biochemical, cellular, mechanical and pathological changes that bring about a general decline in the structure and function of the tendon. This decline in the aging tendon is characterized by a reduced ability to adapt to environmental stress and loss of tissue homeostasis. The tendon's adaptability to these changes will decide the rate and the success of treatment of a tendon injury. This review examines these changes and also looks at how we can curtail their progression through exercise and lifestyle modification.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aging / physiology*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Cellular Senescence / physiology*
  • Collagen / physiology*
  • Elastin / physiology*
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Extracellular Matrix / physiology
  • Homeostasis / physiology
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Tendons / pathology
  • Tendons / physiology*


  • Collagen
  • Elastin