Working out is a very important activity that humans should care on holding and maintaining. Working out provides a healthy framework for the body and helps the muscles grow larger and healthier. Not to mention the many different diseases that are prevented through direct working out. Recent technology in the field is the newly developed hydrogel which is used to help muscles perform better and give better results.
A recent study was conducted by a team of researcher from MIT, observing the effects and changes that occurs to hydrogels during or after the work out session. The study shows that hydrogels might actually show positive results from hydrogels being identical to muscle functions.
The main hydrogel taken understudy is polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrogels. The study was led by an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT called Xuanhe Xhao. He published the study and the results in the Journal of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Xhao commented on the results saying, “heart valves, cartilage replacements, and spinal disks, as well as in engineering applications such as soft robots. Most of the tissues in the human body contain about 70 percent water, so if we want to implant a biomaterial in the body, a higher water content is more desirable for many applications in the body
“The phenomenon of strengthening in hydrogels after cyclic loading is counterintuitive to the current understanding on fatigue fracture in hydrogels, but shares the similarity with the mechanism of muscle strengthening after training,” says the co-author of the study, Dr Lin.