Muscle & Tendon

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Achilles tendinopathy is prevalent among Irish dancers, thought to be due to the high impact, stiff-style landing tasks associated with the sport. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between sagittal plane joint displacements, at the ankle, knee, hip and thorax segment, and peak Achilles tendon force during an Irish dancing ‘leap over’ landing task. Kinetic and kinematic data were collected for 12 participants performing the ‘leap over’, and used to calculate peak Achilles tendon force and joint displacements. Results of the study found a statistically significant positive correlation between ankle dorsiflexion and peak Achilles tendon force during the ‘leap over’. These findings can be used to inform future research into the effect of joint displacement on peak Achilles tendon force, and to develop strategies to help dancers reduce their risk of developing Achilles tendinopathy.