Resistance training and collagen supplementation for tendon

Are you interested in taking part in our study?

Can resistance training with collagen supplementation have a better effect on tendon adaptation than resistance training alone?

Tendon, fibrous connective tissue, attaches muscle to bone and thus its role is transmitting force produced by skeletal muscle. Like skeletal muscle, tendon also adapts in response to resistance exercise and nutrition. Although an acute bout of exercise with collagen intake increases markers of collagen synthesis, the long-term effect of resistance training with collagen intake on tendon adaptation is unknown. Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate how tendon and muscle adapts in response to a 6-week resistance training programme with collagen supplementation in young men.

Who can take part?

To take part in the study, you must be:

  • A healthy young man
  • Aged 18-39 years
  • No history of patellar and injuries in the past 6 months
  • No history of lower limb musculoskeletal injuries in the past 6 months
  • Non-smoker (including e-cigarettes)
  • Free from cardiovascular and metabolic diseases
  • Not a vegan or vegetarian (collagen is derived from mammals) 
If interested you would need to:
  • Visit the Sport and Exercise Science laboratories in the Tom Reilly Building (Byrom Street Campus) on two separate occasions (before and after 6-week resistance training)
  • Testing involves measuring your leg strength and muscle-tendon properties via ultrasound. All of these measurements are non-invasive.
  • Perform a 6-week resistance training programme (2 times per week) with collagen supplementation.
Further information

More details of this study can be found in the participant information sheet. If you wish to participate in this study or have any further questions about the study, please contact: