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Analgesia due to isometric exercise in patellar tendon pain

Isometric resistance exercise promotes greater analgesia than isotonic in athletes with patellar tendinopathy

A 4 week knee isometric exercise protocol produced greater immediate analgesia and improvements in VISA-P at 4 weeks in a sample of in-season athletes with patellar tendinopathy (PT), when compared to isotonic exercise. Although both programs produced improvements, the greater benefits of the isometric protocol may allow in-season athletes to tolerate greater workloads.

The isometric group showed a greater reduction in pain and better VISA-P scores at 4 weeks. This indicates isometric training may be efficient in managing PT in-season, allowing athletes to keep training and competing closer to their best.

> From: Rio et al., Clin J Sports Med 27 (2017-06-07 21:35:58) 253-259 . All rights reserved to Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. Click here for the online summary.

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