Adiposity and tendinopathy

Gaida, J. E., Cook, J. L. and Bass, S. L. 2008, Adiposity and tendinopathy, Disability and rehabilitation, vol. 30, no. 20-22, pp. 1555-1562.

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Title Adiposity and tendinopathy
Author(s) Gaida, J. E.
Cook, J. L.
Bass, S. L.
Journal name Disability and rehabilitation
Volume number 30
Issue number 20-22
Start page 1555
End page 1562
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publication date 2008
ISSN 0963-8288
Keyword(s) tendinopathy
body composition
Summary Purpose. Tendon injuries (tendinopathy) are prevalent across the population, affecting active and inactive individuals and manual workers. The aetiology of tendinopathy is not known. However, extrinsic factors such as load are known to affect the prevalence. More recently, intrinsic factors have been shown to also affect tendons; genes, biomechanics, and strength have been shown to influence tendon disease. One intrinsic factor that appears to have an association with tendinopathy is body composition; more specifically central adiposity. Several studies have reported this association, and several studies have found the association when reporting other aspects of tendinopathy.

Method. This paper will detail what is known about the association between tendinopathy and body composition, examine the strength of the association by evaluating studies in the area and speculate on potential mechanisms for the association.

Results. The association between tendon health and adiposity, especially central adiposity, warrants further investigation.

Conclusion. There may be an interaction between adiposity and tendon pathology. Adiposity may be a key intrinsic risk factor that is translated into tendon disease in the presence of additional intrinsic (e.g., diabetes) and extrinsic factors (e.g., load).
Language eng
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Informa Healthcare
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