Investigating Achilles and patellar tendinopathy prevalence in elite athletics

Ina Janssen*, Henk van der Worp, Sjoerd Hensing, Johannes Zwerver

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Abstract

Although injury surveillance in athletics is routinely conducted, discipline-specific Achilles and patellar tendinopathy prevalence remains unknown. The purpose of this study was to explore discipline-specific tendinopathy prevalence and identify whether injury-specific risk factors differed in athletes. Elite athletes were recruited and provided information on their sport training including Achilles and patellar tendon pain history. In order to ascertain whether between-discipline differences existed, data were categorized into discipline groups. Middle-distance athletes reported the highest prevalence of Achilles tendinopathy and the combined athletes reported the highest patellar tendinopathy prevalence. Greater calf stiffness was reported in athletes who experienced Achilles tendinopathy compared to those who did not. A substantial portion of athletes believed their performance decreased as a result of their tendon pain. In order to develop discipline-specific evidence-based injury prevention programmes, further discipline-specific research is required to quantify the mechanism for Achilles and patellar tendinopathy development in elite athletics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalResearch in Sports Medicine
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Risk factors
  • Achilles
  • tendinitis
  • injury prevention
  • VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS
  • JUMPERS KNEE
  • OVERUSE INJURIES
  • SPORTS INJURIES
  • RISK-FACTORS
  • TENDON
  • ILLNESSES
  • CHAMPIONSHIPS
  • QUESTIONNAIRE
  • PERFORMANCE

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