Biomechanical loading of Achilles tendon during normal locomotion

Clin Sports Med. 1992 Jul;11(3):521-31.


Direct in vivo Achilles tendon force measurements open up new possibilities for understanding the loading of the Achilles tendon during natural locomotion. This article describes how these human experiments can be performed. The results of these experiments imply that Achilles tendon forces are unexpectedly high in certain activities (e.g., hopping) and that the rates of loading rather than the absolute magnitudes of the recorded forces may be more relevant for clinical purposes as well as for the construction of artificial tendon materials.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Achilles Tendon / physiology*
  • Adult
  • Bicycling
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Humans
  • Locomotion / physiology*
  • Male
  • Running
  • Transducers
  • Walking