• Question: What's the difference between muscles and tendons?

    Asked by 322bera39 to Colin, John, Kevin, Shikha, Triona on 7 Nov 2014.
    • Photo: Shikha Sharma

      Shikha Sharma answered on 7 Nov 2014:

      Our movement basically depends on the bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons. They all work together in a healthy body in response to signals from the brain. Tendon are a tough band of connective tissues in joints their function is to join and transmit force between muscles and the bones whereas muscle is a soft tissue which you can compare with “engine” that your body uses for the movement.
      So when your brain sends a signal for movement your muscle contracts/relax, the force travels through the tendons, which then pull/push the bone which needs to move.
      Hope this helps. 🙂

    • Photo: Kevin Motherway

      Kevin Motherway answered on 9 Nov 2014:

      Ligaments join bone to bones, effectively the framework of your body and how it’s joined together. Muscles are the motors that move that frameworks around and they’re attached to bones by tendons.

      When you sprain your ankle it’s the ligament you’ve damaged: if you strain your ankle it’s the tendons or muscles you’ve damaged