Quantifications of noncollagenous protein (NCP), sulfated glycosaminoglycans and hydroxyproline in the Achilles tendon. The NCP levels (a) were significantly decreased with exercise by itself, whereas H. aphrodisiaca treatment did not alter protein levels. The sulfated glycosaminoglycan levels (b) were statistically similar in the four groups. Observe the remarkable effect of training plus H. aphrodisiaca treatment on the hydroxyproline content (c). CS-control sedentary; HS- H. aphrodisiaca sedentary; CT- control trained; HT- H. aphrodisiaca trained. The columns are the mean ± SD. * Differences were significant for p < 0.05 (ANOVA) compared with other groups, by Tukey test.