Something IS happening in the tendon! Collagen turnover in people with Achilles tendinopathy

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Firstly, welcome back to "Talking Tendons' in 2019!

Understanding how tendon recovers from injury and adapts to load is so important and has huge implications on how we manage tendons and the education and advice that we provide patients. I am starting off this year's podcast discussing a relatively new study providing insights into the collagen turnover in healthy tendons and those with tendinopathy, adding critical knowledge to what we know about tendon collagen adaptation over time. 


Also wanted to mention a couple of face to face courses I will be presenting in Melbourne and Sydney in the coming months. Firstly in Melbourne on Saturday 18th May followed by Sydney on Saturday 24th August - visit the links below for bookings!




1. Heinemeier KM, Schjerling P, Øhlenschlæger TF, Eismark C, Olsen J, Kjær M. Carbon-14 bomb pulse dating shows that tendinopathy is preceded by years of abnormally high collagen turnover. The FASEB Journal. 2018;32(9):4763-75.

2. Heinemeier KM, Schjerling P, Heinemeier J, Magnusson SP, Kjaer M. Lack of tissue renewal in human adult Achilles tendon is revealed by nuclear bomb 14C. The FASEB Journal. 2013;27(5):2074-9.

3. de Mos MM. Tendon Cell Behavior and Matrix Remodeling in Degenerative Tendinopathy. 2009.

4. Parkinson J, Samiric T, Ilic MZ, Cook J, Feller JA, Handley CJ. Change in proteoglycan metabolism is a characteristic of human patellar tendinopathy. Arthritis & Rheumatism. 2010;62(10):3028-35.