Ligaments and tendons are connective tissues that stabilize joint and anchor muscle, respectively.
Ligaments connect the ends of bones to form a joint. These help to limit joint dislocation and restrict improper hyperextension and hyperflexion. Also made of fibrous tissue are bursae. These provide cushions between bones and tendons and/or muscles around a joint.
A tendon is a tough, flexible band made of fibrous connective tissue, and functions to connect muscle to bone.
• Ligaments hold bones together to stabilize joints.
• Tendons attach muscle to bone to anchor muscle.
ligament: a connective tissue that joins two bones
tendon: a fibrous connective tissue that connects a bone to a muscle
hyperextension: when a joint is straightened beyond its normal range of motion
hyperflexion: the movement of a muscle beyond its normal limit
bursae: a small fluid-filled sac lined by a synovial membrane which provides a cushion between bones and tendons