Ultrasonographic measurements of the Achilles tendon in elderly athletes and sedentary men

Acta Radiol. 1994 Nov;35(6):560-3.


Ultrasonography was performed on the Achilles tendon of the dominant limb of 18 male elderly athletes and 11 sedentary men, aged 70 to 80 years. The tendons were examined with a real-time linear array scanner using a 7.5 MHz transducer. Both longitudinal and transverse images were taken. The mean width of the Achilles tendon was significantly larger in the athletes than in the control subjects. The tendon thickness and cross-sectional area did not differ significantly between the groups, but the figures may indicate a tendency for larger cross-sectional area in the athletes. The results suggest tendon hypertrophy following long-term training.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Achilles Tendon / anatomy & histology
  • Achilles Tendon / diagnostic imaging*
  • Achilles Tendon / physiology
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Physical Endurance
  • Physical Exertion
  • Rest
  • Sports*
  • Ultrasonography