Research Summary: Normative isometric plantarflexion strength values for professional level, male rugby union athletes

Brief Summary

The prevalence and cost of Calf and Achilles tendon injuries in elite sports have created interest in the modifiable risk factors associated with these injuries. As a result, interest in the measurement of isometric plantarflexion strength when profiling and monitoring athletes has increased in an attempt to mitigate lower leg injury risk and improve rehabilitation outcomes.

A recent article by Lee et al 2023 provides useful reference data for those using dynamometry to measure isometric calf strength in male rugby union players. 

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