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Exercise rehabilitation for mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy: a critique of evidence and assumptions (PhD Academy Award)
  1. Myles Calder Murphy1,2
  1. 1School of Health Sciences and Physiotherapy, The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
  2. 2Nutrition and Health Innovation Research Institute, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Myles Calder Murphy, Nutrition and Health Innovation Research Institute, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA 6027, Australia; m.murphy{at}ecu.edu.au

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What did I do?

My thesis used a combination of systematic literature review, qualitative and quantitative data collection to explore and challenge five assumptions related to the assessment and management of mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy in clinical practice. These five key assumptions are presented within figure 1.

Figure 1

Assumptions made in the assessment and management of mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy

Why did I do it?

As a clinician, navigating a field of research is difficult when an abundance of studies exist, not to mention trying to then figure out how to translate the research into clinical practice. The goal of my thesis was to synthesise the literature related to the management of mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy, distil the findings into a clear and useable message to guide clinical practice and perform further studies (where needed) to test the previously mentioned assumptions relevant to clinical practice. The ultimate aim was to provide clinicians with a number of simple suggestions they could use ‘at the coalface’ when seeing patients with mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy.

How did I do it and what did I find?

To answer assumption 1, I …

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  • Contributors This PhD Academy award is a summary of MCM PhD Thesis. MCM was the sole author of this submission.

  • Funding The author has not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.