Achilles tendinopathy in amateur runners: role of adiposity (Tendinopathies and obesity)

Abate, Michele and Oliva, Francesco and Schiavone, Cosima and Salini, Vincenzo (2012) Achilles tendinopathy in amateur runners: role of adiposity (Tendinopathies and obesity). M.L.T.J. Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal, 2 (1). pp. 44-48. ISSN 2240-4554

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Obesity is an important risk factor for Achilles tendinopathy, and running is usually carried out to reduce excess body weight. Aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of Achilles tendinopathy in young overweight amateur runners. Male runners and non runners were recruited and, in each category, divided in two groups: normal weight, and overweight. Data about Achilles tendon thickness, vascularisation and structural abnormalities were collected using a Power Doppler Ultrasonography device. Achilles tendon thickness was greater in both normal weight or overweight runners, but the difference was significant only in normal weight subjects. In non - runners, thickness was significantly higher only in overweight subjects. Sonographic abnormalities were significantly prevalent in overweight runners. Running is associated to a physiologic hypertrophy of Achilles tendon in normal weight subjects. Overweight runners may precociously develop tendon abnormalities, due to the increased stress and the unfavourable milieu of repair

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chilles tendon, obesity, running, tendinopathy, ultrasound
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 616 Malattie (classificare qui la Clinica medica, la medicina basata sull'evidenza, la Medicina interna, la Medicina sperimentale) > 616.7 Malattie del sistema muscoloscheletrico
Depositing User: Danilo Dezzi
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2014 15:02
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2014 15:02

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