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Biomechanics of ligaments and temperature

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  • Biomechanics of ligaments and temperature

    If response to Paul Prusakowski's query, there is a good chapter by Woo and
    Young in the recent text that is edited by van Mow and Toby Hayes. The
    complete reference is:

    Woo, S.L-Y. and Young E.P. (1991): Structure and function of tendons and
    ligaments. IN: Basic Orthopaedic Biomechanics. Mow, V.C. and Hayes, W.C.
    editors. Published by Raven Press, New York. Chapter 5, pp 199-243.

    The particular portion of interest is "Temperature-dependent properties" on
    page 210, where the authors review 5 articles and conclude "It also
    demonstrates the necessity of a standardized procedure and that temperature must
    be reported and controlled, as it can have profound effects on soft tissue."

    As an additional note, with all of the proposed "freezing and thawing", it
    is essential to maintain the degree of hydration of the samples.

    I hope this reference is useful.

    Best wishes:

    Bryan Finlay, PhD 519-663-3063
    Director of Orthopaedic Research 519-663-3904 FAX
    University Hospital
    P.O. Box 5339
    London, Ontario, CANADA, N6A 5A5