New findings published within the FASEB Journal, has revealed resistance training could help to prevent shoulder tendon damage. As we age, our tendons become naturally weaker and prone to damage. This means athletes and those who use their shoulders excessively, are more likely to develop long-term problems.
Research into how tendons age is ongoing: in a 2015 study carried out by Queen Mary, University of London, it was discovered that the material between the tendon fibre bundles stiffened as it got older and this was responsible for older patients being more susceptible to tendon injuries.
We know that resistance training can help deliver many benefits throughout a person’s life and here we’ll take look at what this latest study has revealed and how resistance training could help to stave off shoulder tendon damage.
What the study revealed
The study carried out by the University of Brasilia, used groups of rats to determine whether resistance training could work to reduce age-related tendon damage. Four different groups of rats were used, with some remaining sedentary and others participating in resistance training.
Two of the groups were young rats, while the other two were older rats. Within both the young and old groups, one was sedentary, while the other group was progressively weight trained over a 12-week period. Tests were then carried out to determine what effects the resistance training had. It was then that it was discovered the resistance trained rats had fewer signs of tendon damage than the sedentary ones.
The benefits of resistance training for the shoulder
This new study provides a vital insight into the possible prevention of tendon damage, though further research is required to see whether the effects are the same in humans. However, there are some known benefits of resistance training in relation to the prevention of shoulder injuries.
For example, it is well documented that strengthening the rotator cuff can help prevent shoulder injury. Athletes are commonly advised to strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder to prevent injury from occurring. It makes sense, as a lot of shoulder-related injuries are caused by weak tendons. So, by strengthening them, it could prevent a wide range of tendon related injuries.
Strengthening and stretching is key
Those looking to not only prevent but treat shoulder injuries, would benefit most from a strengthening and stretching program. Together, they can help to significantly reduce shoulder pain and ensure the shoulders have maximum flexibility and strength.
However, it is extremely important to ensure you seek a diagnosis before undertaking resistance training or stretching the shoulder. There are many different types of shoulder injuries and without diagnosis, you could end up making the injury worse.
A shoulder specialist will be able to determine the best course of treatment and whether a strengthening program would be ideal. If you’re looking to prevent shoulder tendon damage, or you’re experiencing shoulder pain, contact us today to book a consultation.