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Effectiveness of Heavy Slow Resistance Training for Lower Limb Tendinopathy

A systematic review and meta-analysis protocol


  • Ian Burton NHS



Exercise, Tendinopathy, Heavy slow resistance training, resistance training, Tendon


Review Objective: To synthesize the best available evidence on the effectiveness of heavy slow resistance training interventions for treating lower limb tendinopathies.

Introduction: Recent evidence suggests heavy slow resistance training may be more effective than other treatments and types of resistance training such as eccentric training, for treating lower limb tendinopathies. However, no systematic reviews have been conducted on the topic and optimal treatment protocols and clinical recommendations are lacking.

Inclusion criteria: Randomised controlled trials assessing the effectiveness of heavy slow resistance training interventions for treating lower limb tendinopathies in adults will be included.

Methods: The authors will search for a wide range of sources to find published studies via EBSCOhost, including, but not limited to, MEDLINE, SPORTDiscus, CINAHL, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), and Allied and Complementary Medicine Database (AMED). Studies published in a language other than English will only be considered if a translation is available. The JBI systematic review methodology will be followed when conducting the review. Data synthesis will be conducted using meta-analysis or narrative synthesis, where appropriate.


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