Talking Tendons Episode 2: Non-uniform Achilles tendon strain: What is it and should we care?

This week on Talking Tendons we discuss Non-uniform Achilles tendon strain and displacement and tackle the important questions… what is it? And should we care? The paper is by Prof Finni from Finland supported by an international team. This is an exciting space that has already and will continue to improve our understanding of tendon function and ultimately our ability to prevent and manage these injuries. Hope you enjoy.

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Non-uniform displacement and strain between the soleus and gastrocnemius subtendons of rat Achilles tendon.
Finni T1, Bernabei M, Baan GC, Noort W, Tijs C, Maas H.
Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2018 Mar;28(3):1009-1017. doi: 10.1111/sms.13001. Epub 2017 Nov 23.

Changes in Achilles tendon mechanical properties following eccentric heel drop exercise are specific to the free tendon.
Obst SJ, Newsham-West R, Barrett RS.
Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2016 Apr;26(4):421-31. doi: 10.1111/sms.12466. Epub 2015 Apr 27.

A 3D model of the Achilles tendon to determine the mechanisms underlying nonuniform tendon displacements.
Handsfield GG, Inouye JM, Slane LC, Thelen DG, Miller GW, Blemker SS.
J Biomech. 2017 Jan 25;51:17-25. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2016.11.062. Epub 2016 Nov 28.

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