Chronic tendinopathy: effectiveness of eccentric exercise

B Woodley, R Newsham-West and G Baxter.

The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of eccentric exercise (EE) programs in the treatment of common tendinopathies.  Twenty relevent studies were found, 11 of these met the inclusion criteria.  Levels of evidence were found to be variable across the tendinopathies investigated.  The authors concluded that there is a dearth of high-quality research in support of the clinical effectiveness of EE over other treatments in the management of tendinopathies.  They stated that more research is required and that to have clinical utility is should be adequately powered, use appropriate randomisation, standardised outcome measures and long-term follow-up.

British Journal of Sports medicine, 2007, 41, 188-198

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