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Vascularity and pain in the patellar tendon of adult jumping athletes : a 5 month longitudinal study

Cook, Jill, Malliaras, P., De Luca, J., Ptasznik, R. and Morris, M. 2005, Vascularity and pain in the patellar tendon of adult jumping athletes : a 5 month longitudinal study, British journal of sports medicine, vol. 39, no. 7, pp. 458-461, doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2004.014530.

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Title Vascularity and pain in the patellar tendon of adult jumping athletes : a 5 month longitudinal study
Author(s) Cook, Jill
Malliaras, P.
De Luca, J.
Ptasznik, R.
Morris, M.
Journal name British journal of sports medicine
Volume number 39
Issue number 7
Start page 458
End page 461
Publisher B M J Publishing Group
Place of publication Loughborough, England
Publication date 2005
ISSN 0306-3674
1473-0480
Keyword(s) neovascularisation
pain
patellar tendinopathy
Summary Background: This study investigated changes in tendon vascularity in 102 (67 men and 35 women) volleyball players over a 6 month competitive season.

Methods: Athletes were examined with both grey scale ultrasound and standardised colour Doppler settings. Vessel length and pain were measured each month on five separate occasions. Vascular tendons were divided into (i) those that were vascular on all occasions (persistent vascularity) and (ii) those that were vascular on more than two but less than five occasions (intermittent vascularity).

Results: A total of 41 of the 133 abnormal tendons were vascular on two or more occasions. Of these, 16 had persistent vascularity and 25 had intermittent vascularity. There was no significant difference in the prevalence of vascularity between men and women. None of the tendons had a pattern of vascularity over the season that could be clearly interpreted as the onset or resolution of vascularity. Subjects with changes in both tendons were more likely to have persistent vascularity (p = 0.045). Vessels were longer in tendons with persistent vascularity (p<0.000) and pain was significantly greater (p = 0.043) than in tendons with intermittent vascularity. Tendons with intermittent vascularity had similar pain scores on all days, whether or not they had detectable blood flow.
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/bjsm.2004.014530
Field of Research 110320 Radiology and Organ Imaging
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd & British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004233

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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