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What Are the Functions of Ligaments, Tendons and Cartilage?

Updated February 21, 2017

The functions of ligaments, tendons and cartilage involve supporting and connecting various tissues and structures in the body.

Ligaments

The function of ligaments is to connect bone to bone. Ligaments provide stability in the joints by preventing too much movement.

Tendons

The function of tendons is to connect muscle to bone. Tendons carry the force from the muscle that moves the bone.

Hyaline Cartilage

Hyaline cartilage is a flexible tissue that is also strong and resistant to pressure. It provides flexible support for structures in the nasal septum, larynx, trachea and bronchi of the respiratory tract, and in joints.

Elastic Cartilage

Elastic cartilage supports the external ear, auditory and eustachian tubes, epiglottis and larynx.

Fibrocartilage

Fibrocartilage provides a firm but not rigid support in the intervertebral discs, at the insertion of tendons and ligaments, around part of the knee, and in healing fractures.

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Carol Wiley started writing as a technical writer/editor in 1990, was a licensed massage therapist for almost 12 years and has been writing Web content since 2003. She has a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering, a Master of Business Administration, a Certificate in Technical Writing and Editing and a Certificate in Massage Therapy.