New implants may make decisions about when to start post-op exercise simpler. 

The “quantified self” – the new world of electronic wearables that get your measure on anything from heart rate to brain waves – just took a deep dive. And anyone facing the grim prospect of a tendon repair, perhaps to the Achilles or rotator cuff, may want to listen up.

Research led by chemical engineer Zhenan Bao from Stanford University, US, and published in the journal Nature Electronics, has led to a sensor that could one day be attached to tendons during surgery to measure the strain put through them by rehabilitation.

Why would anyone want that? Actually, to solve a perennial and hotly debated part of the rehab process.

Read the full article in Cosmos magazine here