Bad knee, Achilles heel, tennis elbow: How to prevent tendon problems

A tendon condition can put athletes out of action for a long time. They’re often caused by overuse due to repetitive motions or by improper technique.”It takes quite a while for swelling to subside” – 12 to 16 weeks, says Dr Axel Klein, a specialist in orthopaedics, casualty surgery and sports medicine, and vice president of the German Society of Sports Medicine and Prevention (DGSP).Especially prone to injury, he says, are the Achilles tendon, connecting the calf muscles to the bone of the heel; the patellar tendon, connecting the kneecap to the shinbone; and the tendons of the forearm that a…

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