Table 1

Baseline characteristics of the study population (n=90)

VariablesMean (SD) or frequency (%)
Age (years)25.9±5.4
Height (m)1.8±0.9
Weight (kg)79.4±12.6
Body mass index23.5±2.1
Gender, n (%)
 Males70 (77.8)
 Females20 (22.2)
Chronicity of tendon pain (months)14.1±13.9
 3–646 (51.1)
 7–1216 (17.8)
 13–2410 (11.1)
 >2418 (20.0)
Follow-up period (months)1.8±0.8
Side of injury, n (%)
 Right45 (50)
 Left33 (36.7)
 Bilateral12 (13.3)
First episode of injury, n (%)
 Yes31 (34.4)
 No59 (65.6)
Training days/week5.0±1.1
Hours training/day2.7±1.0
Sport disciplines, n (%)
 Volleyball34.4
 Basketball22.2
 Handball13.3
 Athletics10.0
 Soccer8.9
 Others (tennis, cycling)11.2
  • Data are presented as mean±SD or frequency.