This video was put together as part of my MSc level study, and in part goes towards one of my assignments.
It provides an overview of the exercise protocol commonly used for managing damage (not partial or complete rupture) to the Achilles tendon. In particular it looks at the non-insertional tendinopathy - i.e. not on the part of the tendon joining the heel bone, but above this area. For insertional Achilles tendinopathy, a different set of exercises is recommended.
In this video, a combination of eccentric (lengthening) and concentric (shortening) contractions are used. Whilst this is not the classical application of these exercises, the addition of the concentric is unlikely to delay the effects of the eccentric component. The research base suggests on the whole that using eccentric stretches within the protocol, will aid resolution in most cases. A number of cases fail to respond to this therapy, as you would suggest, and these will then progress onto other therapies, such as Extra Corporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), injection therapy and surgery.
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