Sport Sciences for Health

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 209–213 | Cite as

Topical use of aloe gel and low-level laser therapy in overuse tendinitis of elite volleyball players: a randomized controlled trial

  • Antonio Ammendolia
  • Michele Cespites
  • Maurizio Iocco
Original Article



Using a controlled randomized trial, two therapeutic methods, topical use of an aloe gel and low-level laser therapy were compared. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the effectiveness of the topical aloe gel to treat tendinitis in a team of elite volleyball players.


35 athletes were enrolled and divided into two groups: 19 athletes belonging to group G, who have been subjected to three daily topical application of an aloe gel; 16 athletes, belonging to group L, were subjected to a daily session of low-level laser therapy for 10 days.


In all athletes of both groups, we observed a progressive reduction of the pain, but more significant in patients with an Achilles tendinitis (P < 0.004), treated with gel. There was a statistically significant difference (P < 0.0001) between the groups about the time elapsed since the start of the treatment and the restart of the training in gym and the return to play volley, especially in athletes treated with gel.


Based on our data, we have shown that it is possible to obtain a remission of tendinitis through the constant application of aloe gel. This is a great advantage, especially for professional athletes, who can use it anywhere and at any time of the day, continuing to care even when they have to travel to play away from home, according to the calendar of the season.


Aloe gel Sport Tendinitis Training Low-level laser therapy 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

All Authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest that are directly relevant to the content of this manuscript.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Ammendolia
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michele Cespites
    • 2
  • Maurizio Iocco
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical and Surgical SciencesUniversity of Catanzaro “Magna Græcia”CatanzaroItaly
  2. 2.Tonno Callipo Volley Calabria Medical StaffVibo ValentiaItaly

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