Data from: Patellar tendon stiffness is not reduced during pregnancy

Marie Elena Bey, Robert Marzilger, Larry Hinkson, Adamantios Arampatzis & Kirsten Legerlotz
It is believed that hormonal changes during pregnancy lead to an increased compliance in ligaments and tendons, increasing the risk to suffer from connective tissue injuries particularly during exercise. While the laxity of the pelvic ligaments may increase to facilitate childbirth, to our knowledge no study has ever investigated the mechanical properties of human tendons in different stages of pregnancy. Thus, the purpose of our longitudinal study was to investigate the mechanical properties of the...
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