The mechanism for efficacy of eccentric loading in Achilles tendon injury; an in vivo study in humans

Rees, J D and Lichtwark, G A and Wolman, R L and Wilson, A M (2008) The mechanism for efficacy of eccentric loading in Achilles tendon injury; an in vivo study in humans. Rheumatology, 47 (10). pp. 1493-1497.

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Abstract

Objective. Degenerative disorders of tendons present an enormous clinical challenge. They are extremely common, prone to recur and existing medical and surgical treatments are generally unsatisfactory. Recently eccentric, but not concentric, exercises have been shown to be highly effective in managing tendinopathy of the Achilles (and other) tendons. The mechanism for the efficacy of these exercises is unknown although it has been speculated that forces generated during eccentric loading are of a greater magnitude. Our objective was to determine the mechanism for the beneficial effect of eccentric exercise in Achilles tendinopathy.