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Ultrasound Imaging of Acute Biceps Tendon Changes After Wheelchair Sports

van Drongelen, S and Boninger, ML and Impink, BG and Khalaf, T (2007) Ultrasound Imaging of Acute Biceps Tendon Changes After Wheelchair Sports. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 88 (3). 381 - 385. ISSN 0003-9993

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van Drongelen S, Boninger ML, Impink BG, Khalaf T. Ultrasound imaging of acute biceps tendon changes after wheelchair sports. Objectives: To investigate acute changes in the biceps tendon after a high-intensity wheelchair propulsion activity and to determine whether these changes are related to subject characteristics. Design: The biceps tendon was imaged with ultrasound before and after wheelchair basketball or quad rugby. The average diameter of the tendon was calculated as well as the echogenicity ratio (the pixel intensity ratio of the biceps tendon to a reference just superficial to the tendon sheath). Setting: National Veterans Wheelchair Games in 2004 and 2005. Participants: Forty-two subjects who participated in wheelchair basketball or quad rugby at the Veterans Games. Interventions: Not applicable. Main Outcome Measures: Biceps tendon diameter and biceps echogenicity. Results: The echogenicity ratio of the tendon significantly decreased from 1.97 to 1.73 after the event (P=.038). The diameter of the biceps tendon increased from 4.60 to 4.82mm (P=.178). Also, it was found that the change in tendon diameter positively correlated with the time of play (P=.004). Conclusions: Acute changes in biceps tendon properties after exercise were found and likely represent edema, a first sign of overuse injury. The significance of continuous activity was shown by the fact that subjects who had more playing time showed a larger increase in tendon diameter. © 2007 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
van Drongelen, S
Boninger, MLboninger@pitt.eduBONINGER
Impink, BG
Khalaf, T
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 March 2007
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume: 88
Number: 3
Page Range: 381 - 385
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.apmr.2006.11.024
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0003-9993
MeSH Headings: Acute Disease; Arm--physiology; Arm--ultrasonography; Body Mass Index; Disabled Persons; Female; Humans; Male; Pain--physiopathology; Paraplegia--physiopathology; Quadriplegia--physiopathology; Sports--physiology; Tendons--physiology; Tendons--ultrasonography; Wheelchairs
PubMed ID: 17321833
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2012 14:07
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 03:55


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