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Resistance Training as Treatment of Achilles Tendinopathy

Information source: University of Copenhagen
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.

Condition(s) targeted: Achilles Tendinopathy

Intervention: Heavy slow resistance training (Other); Eccentric resistance training (Other)

Phase: N/A

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: University of Copenhagen

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Rikke Beyer, PhD. stud, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Institute of Sports Medicine Copenhagen (www.ismc.dk)


The use of eccentric resistance training as management of Achilles tendinopathy is widespread. The investigators have recently demonstrated that heavy slow resistance training was superior in the management of patellar tendinopathy. Hypothesis: heavy slow resistance training is more effective than eccentric resistance training in the clinical management of Achilles tendinopathy.

Clinical Details

Official title: Heavy Slow Resistance Versus Eccentric Training in the Treatment of Achilles Tendinopathy. A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: VISA-A score

Secondary outcome: Tendon thickness


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 60 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Unilateral Achilles tendon pain,

- Symptoms for at least three months,

- Ultrasonographical tendon abnormalities, AND

- Able to comply with both intervention arms.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Bilateral symptoms,

- Previous surgery below knee,

- Corticosteroid injections below the knee during past year,

- Hypercholesterol,

- Diabetes, OR

- Arthritis.

Locations and Contacts

Institute of Sports Medicine Copenhagen. Bispebjerg Hospital, Copenhagen NV 2400, Denmark
Additional Information

Starting date: July 2009
Last updated: July 18, 2014

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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