The Role of Strength Training for Lower Extremity Tendinopathy

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Abstract

TENDON INJURIES REPRESENT A COMMON PROBLEM FOR ATHLETES AND THE GENERAL POPULATION. SYMPTOMS CAN RESULT IN PROLONGED IMPAIRMENT OF PERFORMANCE. THIS REVIEW AIMED TO EXAMINE THE CURRENT RESEARCH UNDERPINNING COMMONLY USED STRENGTH TRAINING METHODS TO MANAGE LOWER LIMB TENDINOPATHY AND SUGGEST APPROPRIATE WAYS IN WHICH THESE METHODS CAN BE APPLIED BY STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONALS. ECCENTRIC TRAINING AND TRADITIONAL RESISTANCE TRAINING ARE OFTEN USED TO INCREASE A TENDON'S TOLERANCE TO LOAD, AND ISOMETRIC TRAINING IS EMERGING AS AN EFFECTIVE METHOD TO ACHIEVE SIMILAR OUTCOMES. THESE TRAINING MODALITIES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED WHEN MANAGING TENDINOPATHY.

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