Journal article

Prevalence and factors associated with asymptomatic Achilles tendon pathology in male distance runners

Kevin Lieberthal, Kade L Paterson, Jill Cook, Zoltan Kiss, Michael Girdwood, Elizabeth J Bradshaw

Physical Therapy in Sport | CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE | Published : 2019


OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the prevalence of tendon pathology and associated factors in experienced, high mileage male endurance runners with no history of Achilles tendon pain. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Achilles tendinopathy is a debilitating running injury affecting 50% of distance runners over their lifetime. It is diagnosed through a clinical examination and imaging, usually grey scale ultrasound (US) imaging. US imaging studies have shown that pathological changes can occur in asymptomatic individuals with no tendon pain. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty seven male runners who had never had Achilles tendon pain. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Participants completed a running history ..

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