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Purpose of the study The present study was aimed to investigate if a specific lower limb’s stretching protocol could benefit on Achilles’ tendon ( chronic pain caused by muscle tendon ( stiffness in NCAA D 1 men soccer players during the in season period Hypothesis It was hypothesized that a specific stretching protocol could benefit on D 1 men’s soccer players that have been experiencing AT’s chronic pain for the previous period of activity through the enhancement of superficial backline ( myofascial chain’s compliance levels Methods T wenty four NCAA D 1 men soccer players, from age 18 to 25 were included in the study and randomly assigned to an experimental group (n 12 and a control group (n 12 A 6 week stretching protocol with focus on the enhancement of lower limb’s posterior kinetic chain compliance levels was built for members of the experimental group.

Publication Date

Spring 2022


Boiling Springs, NC


Medicine and Health Sciences | Movement and Mind-Body Therapies | Rehabilitation and Therapy | Sports Sciences

Effects of a Specific Stretching Protocol for the Treatment of Achilles’ Tendon Chronic Pain caused by Muscle tendon’s Stiffness