“Does isometric exercise improve leg stiffness and hop pain in subjects with Achilles tendinopathy? A feasibility study"

MANTOVANI, Lisa, MAESTRONI, Luca, BETTARIGA, Francesco, GOBBO, Massimiliano, LOPOMO, Nicola Francesco and MCLEAN, Sionnadh (2020). “Does isometric exercise improve leg stiffness and hop pain in subjects with Achilles tendinopathy? A feasibility study". Physical Therapy in Sport, 46, 234-242.

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Background In Achilles tendinopathy (AT) the ability to store and recycle elastic energy during ground contact phase is often altered. A measure of this function is represented by leg stiffness (LS). Immediate responses in LS following therapeutic intervention have not been examined. Objective The aim of this paper was to examine the feasibility of the protocol in participants with AT. Design Single cohort feasibility study. Participants Adults with persistent AT pain, symptoms on palpation and less than 80 points on the Visa-A questionnaire. Intervention heavy isometric exercise sequence in plantarflexion Outcome Measures Feasibility was assessed by evaluating: the willingness of participants to enroll into the study, the number of eligible participants, the recruitment rate, adherence to the intervention, the drop-out rate, the tolerability of the protocol. LS, reactive strength index, pain and rate of perceived effort were secondary outcomes. Results 22 AT were eligible for data collection and 19 entered the statistical analysis. The intervention was well tolerated, no withdrawals. Pain scores were low during both the intervention and the assessment. Immediate improvements in LS and pain were recorded. Conclusions The isometric exercise protocol was feasible. Future research should investigate its effectiveness.

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Additional Information: ** Article version: AM ** Embargo end date: 31-12-9999 ** From Elsevier via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for AM version of this article: This article is under embargo with an end date yet to be finalised. **Journal IDs: issn 1466853X **History: issue date 12-09-2020; accepted 05-09-2020
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2020.09.005
Page Range: 234-242
SWORD Depositor: Colin Knott
Depositing User: Colin Knott
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2020 11:41
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2021 01:18
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27216

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