By Vishwa on Training
April 19, 2011
Connective tissue includes several types of fibrous tissue like bone, ligaments, tendon, cartilage, and adipose tissue. It is well known that connective tissues play an important role in ballistic and rapid movements. In addition, it also increase the overall bulk of the muscle complex and aid it in producing usable strength. On the contrary, an insufficiently strong connective tissue will allow the muscle to dissipate some its force resulting in lowering its efficiency.
The connective tissues such as those in the ligaments, joint capsules, and cartilages plays the vital role of passively stabilising the joints. Passive stability of the connective tissue is paramount in a well planned resistance training scheme, for it is well documented that developing bulk and strength would turn out to be erroneous if the remainder of the musculoskeletal system is not equipped to handle the increased strength. So one must train muscle, bone, and connective tissue if overall performance and safety is to be enhanced.
Stressing the importance of merely developing huge musculature and neglecting the simultaneous adaption of connective tissue can produce a muscle complex which is prone to injury and inefficient in generating reactive strength. It is known that muscle tissue adapts to increased loading within several days, whereas the connective tissues display significant adaption after several weeks or months of progression.
There lies great onus on the trainer to prescribe a training regime which would encompass all the above mentioned factors. Exclusive hypertrophy training phases have to be employed with extreme care, as it may lead to sarcoplasmic hypertrophy, which doesn’t lead to functional benefits.
PS: To read more on sarcoplasmic and myofibrillar hypertrophy do read my previous blog entry titled Functional Training And Its Benefits.