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Blood flow of the Achilles tendon during military training.
Int J Sports Med. 2010 Dec; 31(12):901-5.IJ

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the vascular response of the Achilles tendon as indicated by power Doppler activity during a military training program of 6 weeks. 49 male military recruits (98 tendons) volunteered for this study. Before and during the military training program, the Achilles tendons were screened with gray-scale ultrasonography and power Doppler US. Reactive tendinopathies of the Achilles tendons were registered by means of a clinical examination, VAS-scores and VISA-A scores. The US examination, the clinical examination, VAS-scores and VISA-A scores showed that 13/98 tendons developed a reactive tendinopathy. 3 of these 13 symptomatic tendons showed intratendinous Doppler activity. In these tendons, pain was always present before the vascular response of the Achilles tendon. Both pain and hypervascularisation remained visible till the end of the basic military training. In 5 asymptomatic tendons with no structural changes of the tendon, a vascular response was seen during one single measurement. It can be hypothesized that there is no relationship between the vascular response of the Achilles tendon and the pain in a reactive tendinopathy. In a reactive tendinopathy, other pain mechanisms must be investigated in future research.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Ghent University, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Ghent, Belgium. Nele.Mahieu@Ugent.beNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21072746

Citation

Mahieu, N, et al. "Blood Flow of the Achilles Tendon During Military Training." International Journal of Sports Medicine, vol. 31, no. 12, 2010, pp. 901-5.
Mahieu N, Van Tiggelen D, De Muynck M, et al. Blood flow of the Achilles tendon during military training. Int J Sports Med. 2010;31(12):901-5.
Mahieu, N., Van Tiggelen, D., De Muynck, M., Dumalin, M., & Witvrouw, E. (2010). Blood flow of the Achilles tendon during military training. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 31(12), 901-5. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0030-1267159
Mahieu N, et al. Blood Flow of the Achilles Tendon During Military Training. Int J Sports Med. 2010;31(12):901-5. PubMed PMID: 21072746.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Blood flow of the Achilles tendon during military training. AU - Mahieu,N, AU - Van Tiggelen,D, AU - De Muynck,M, AU - Dumalin,M, AU - Witvrouw,E, Y1 - 2010/11/11/ PY - 2010/11/13/entrez PY - 2010/11/13/pubmed PY - 2011/4/7/medline SP - 901 EP - 5 JF - International journal of sports medicine JO - Int J Sports Med VL - 31 IS - 12 N2 - The purpose of this study was to evaluate the vascular response of the Achilles tendon as indicated by power Doppler activity during a military training program of 6 weeks. 49 male military recruits (98 tendons) volunteered for this study. Before and during the military training program, the Achilles tendons were screened with gray-scale ultrasonography and power Doppler US. Reactive tendinopathies of the Achilles tendons were registered by means of a clinical examination, VAS-scores and VISA-A scores. The US examination, the clinical examination, VAS-scores and VISA-A scores showed that 13/98 tendons developed a reactive tendinopathy. 3 of these 13 symptomatic tendons showed intratendinous Doppler activity. In these tendons, pain was always present before the vascular response of the Achilles tendon. Both pain and hypervascularisation remained visible till the end of the basic military training. In 5 asymptomatic tendons with no structural changes of the tendon, a vascular response was seen during one single measurement. It can be hypothesized that there is no relationship between the vascular response of the Achilles tendon and the pain in a reactive tendinopathy. In a reactive tendinopathy, other pain mechanisms must be investigated in future research. SN - 1439-3964 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21072746/Blood_flow_of_the_Achilles_tendon_during_military_training_ L2 - http://www.thieme-connect.com/DOI/DOI?10.1055/s-0030-1267159 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -