Connective Tissue

The Rack Athletic Performance Center

Connective tissue is a fundamental component of the body, providing structural and metabolic support to other tissues and organs. It is composed of cells, fibers, and an extracellular matrix. The main types of fibers found in connective tissue are collagen, elastin, and reticular fibers, each contributing to its strength, elasticity, and support. Cells such as fibroblasts, adipocytes, and macrophages play crucial roles in producing and maintaining the extracellular matrix and in immune responses

Connective tissue is classified into several types: loose connective tissue, which includes areolar, adipose, and reticular tissues; dense connective tissue, found in tendons and ligaments; and specialized forms such as cartilage, bone, and blood. These tissues not only provide support and protection but also facilitate nutrient transport and repair of damaged tissues. Their versatility and adaptability are vital for maintaining the body’s structure and function.

A majority of injuries occur in the connective tissue as opposed to muscle tissue. This is largely due to an imbalance in load bearing capacity of the connective tissue and muscle tissue. If a deltoid is strong enough to press 50 lbs, but the external rotator is only strong enough to press 30 lbs, injury is likely to occur. It is important that we not neglect connective tissue in our training in order to properly mitigate injury risk

Coach Jared

The Rack Athletic Performance Center

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