Perfecting Achilles Tendinopathy Inducement: Preliminary Study in Animal Model – BONAR Score as Quantitative Indicator

SUMMARY Background. As a common ailment suffered by runners and athletes, Achilles tendinopathy pathogenesis is not well understood. To reveal its cellular and molecular changes, universal and standardized method to induce Achilles tendinopathy in animal model (in vivo) study should be established. There are 2 major guidelines to induce Achilles tendinopathy: run the rats on … Continued

Comparative Responses of Achilles Tendinopathy to Selected Physiotherapy Approaches and the Modulating Influence of ABO Blood Group Phenotype in Nigerian Footballers: a Randomized Control Study

SUMMARY Background. Genetic factors have been implicated in Achilles Tendinopathy (AT) and the response to different management strategies in Caucasian populations. To account for racial differences, this study investigated the ABO blood group disposition to AT and effects on selected physiotherapy interventions in Nigerian footballers. Methods. Participants included 56 footballers made up of 28 confirmed … Continued

Cross-Cultural Adaptation and Measurement Properties of the Brazilian Portuguese Version of Two Scales Which Measure Function and Disability in People with Achilles Tendinopathy

SUMMARY Background. Achilles tendinopathy can be disabling and is one of the most common chronic lesions among conditions affecting athletes’ feet and ankles. The clinical recommendation to measure self-reported limitations and functional capacity of patients with Achilles tendinopathy suggests the use of the Victorian Institute of Sport Assessment-Achilles (VISA-A) for pain and stiffness and the Foot and Ankle Ability Measure … Continued

Effect of a 12-week Eccentric and Isometric Training in Achilles Tendinopathy on the Gastrocnemius Muscle: an Ultrasound Shear Wave Elastography Study

SUMMARY Background. Eccentric exercises (EE) and isometric exercises (ISO) are standard treatment options for Achilles tendinopathy, but still their exact effect remains uncertain. Shear Wave Elastography (SWE) was used to examine the influence of these exercises on the elastic properties of Mm. gastrocnemii medialis and lateralis in a 12-week training program. Methods. Prospective study with … Continued

Motor imagery training decreases pain on loading in people with moderate Achilles tendinopathy: A preliminary randomised cross-over experiment

SUMMARY Background. Achilles tendinopathy (AT) is characterised by pain with loading e.g. hopping. Disruption in the working body schema may contribute to pain. We tested this idea by ‘training’ the working body schema through motor imagery and testing loading pain. Methods. 6 participants with mid-portion AT entered this preliminary cross–over study. They received two randomised … Continued