Background: Achilles tendinopathy (AT) is an overload injury, affecting mostly runners. Persistent triceps surae muscle weakness has been reported in AT patients. Muscle force is influenced by inhibitory and excitatory circuits, and imbalances between these (e.g., increased short-interval intracortical inhibition - SICI) may negatively affect strength. Increased SICI has been observed with patella tendinopathy; however, it is unclear if this increased inhibition is present in chronic mid-portion AT patients. Thus, this study aimed to investigate the intracortical inhibitory mechanisms in runners with mid-portion AT.
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