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Cartilage & Tendon Adaption

We all know that cartilage, tendons and ligaments adapt more slowly than muscles. The standard recommendation to make progress is to increase the weight you lift by 2-3% every workoout. Now this may be ok and safe in terms of muscle adaption, but what about your tendons, ligaments and what I am personally most concerned about; cartilage.

How much can you increase the weights you lift by week/month in order to make sure your cartilage adapts. I read somewhere that it takes a month for a muscle to fully adapt,up to six months for tendons and ligament,and as much as several years for cartilage. Thoughts? Links with actual scientific evidence? I have a knee cartilage problem, and I just want play it safe.

now i may be a newb and all, but i’ve read enough to know the first bit of info you’re going to be told is probably to read bulletproof knees.

Link: http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=1533425

[quote]heim wrote:
now i may be a newb and all, but i’ve read enough to know the first bit of info you’re going to be told is probably to read bulletproof knees.

Link: http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=1533425[/quote]

I’ve already read the article, has some good advice in terms of exercise selection, mobility, stretching but nothing about progression rate I am looking for, tnx anyway…

I’ll bet a hundred bucks this will never be an issue for you.