Rehabilitation of tendon injuries in sport

Sports Med. 1997 Nov;24(5):347-58. doi: 10.2165/00007256-199724050-00006.


Clinicians are faced with a growing number of athletes with injured tendons. Treatment of both acute and chronic injuries has proven to be quite complex. It is difficult to maintain the balance between resting the injured tendon and preventing atrophy of the surrounding muscles and joints. Questions also arise as to when the tendon should be strengthened and when the athlete is ready to return to full activity in sport. Through an awareness of the structural and mechanical properties of the tendon, an exercise programme for the rehabilitation of tendon injuries has been developed. It is recommended that this programme be used in combination with ice and other physical modalities. This approach will resolve most tendon injuries within 6 weeks of its implementation. The use of anti-inflammatory medications and surgery can only be recommended in select situations where more conservative measures are inadequate.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Athletic Injuries / physiopathology
  • Athletic Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Physical Therapy Modalities / methods*
  • Prognosis
  • Tendon Injuries / etiology
  • Tendon Injuries / prevention & control
  • Tendon Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Tendons / anatomy & histology
  • Tendons / physiology