A critical appraisal of "Does isometric exercise improve leg stiffness and hop pain in subjects with Achilles tendinopathy? A feasibility study"

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Achilles tendinopathy is a condition that causes pain and limited range of motion in people across the world. Currently, not many studies have been performed that assess what interventions can reduce pain and increase dynamic performance in the clinic. My goal was to appraise a study that looked at the effect of isometric exercises on pain and performance on individuals with Achilles tendinopathy and assess whether it was an effective intervention or not. The article chosen had clear goals and affectively answered each question in its hypothesis. Accurate data analysis was performed and the authors adequately discussed the results with relevant inferences and suggested future studies. Overall, the research study is a good baseline for more research to be performed on this intervention in the specific patient population.

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