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Achilles Tendinopathy

An Evidence-Based Overview for the Sports Medicine Professional

Kaplan, Kelby PT, DPT, OCS1; Olivencia, Ovidio PT, DPT, OCS1; Dreger, Melissa PT, DPT, OCS1; Hanney, William J. DPT, PhD, ATC, CSCS2; Kolber, Morey J. PT, PhD, OCS1

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 5 - p 24–40
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000485
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ABSTRACT ACHILLES TENDINOPATHY (AT) IS A CONDITION WHEREBY INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCE PAIN AND IMPAIRMENTS AS A RESULT OF PATHOLOGICAL CHANGES AT THE ACHILLES TENDON AND NEIGHBORING TISSUES. THIS ARTICLE PROVIDES AN EVIDENCE-BASED OVERVIEW OF THE STRUCTURAL PATHOLOGY AND CLINICAL SEQUELA ASSOCIATED WITH AT. THE EVIDENCE UNDERPINNING MORE COMMON TREATMENTS, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON EXERCISE INTERVENTIONS, IS PRESENTED IN AN EFFORT TO MITIGATE THE IMPAIRMENT SEQUELA AND GUIDE SPORTS MEDICINE PROFESSIONALS IN THEIR CHOICE OF TREATMENTS FOR AT.

1Department of Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and

2Department of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

Address correspondence to Kelby Kaplan, PT, DPT, OCS, kkaplan76@nova.edu.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Kelby Kaplanis an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University.

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Ovidio Olivenciais an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University.

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Melissa Dregeris an instructor and clinical faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University.

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William J. Hanneyis an associate professor in the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy at University of Central Florida.

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Morey J. Kolberis a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University.

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