The objectives of this study are twofold. First, to further develop the understanding of the relationship between the observed mechanical response and changes in the crimp pattern in human patellar tendon bone units. This is accomplished through the use of a specially constructed test frame and microscope system that permits observation and measurement of the crimp patterns as a function of load. Second, the results of the experimental study are used to develop a constitutive equation that includes spatial variation in the crimp pattern. The results of both the experimental and analytical study imply that local strain in the proximity of the attachment site is significantly larger than the strain in the central region of the tendon. The experimental and histological results are for specimens taken from four human bone-patellar tendon-bone units.

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