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PATELLAR TENDINOPATHY: "JUMPER'S KNEE"

Updated: Aug 15, 2021

You’ve probably heard of Jumper’s Knee? Or Patella Tendinitis? You might have even had it before! Patella tendinopathy is classed as an ‘overuse injury’ to the Patella tendon.


Well, let’s start with some anatomy.

Your Patella tendon is the thick tendon that connects your Patella (knee cap) to your Tibia (shin bone). It aids the movement of knee Extension (straightening your leg) via the contraction of your Quadriceps muscles and Quadriceps tendon!

Sit in a chair, place your fingers into the dent just below your knee cap, then straighten your leg. You’ll feel your Patella tendon pop up almost immediately!


Patella tendinopathy is mainly evident in younger, developing athletes and sports that involve jumping/explosive movements and some deceleration.

Excessive jumping or landing strains the patella tendon.The greatest level of stress through the patella tendon is during jumping and landing activities. During jumping, the Quads provide an explosive contraction, which straightens the knee and pushes you into the air. When landing, they then help to absorb the landing forces by allowing a small amount of controlled knee bend.


At first, any “damage” would be very minor and certainly non-threatening. However, if the tendon is repeatedly strained, the micro-tears occurring in the tendon can exceed the rate of repair. The damage then progressively becomes worse, causing pain and dysfunction.


Symptoms of this injury can include,

- pain within the tendon itself

- pain after exercise/activity (residual ache)

- pain increase with increase of exercise/activity (sharp)


Probably one of the most appropriate rehab protocols for this type of injury is decreasing pain followed by some progressive loading.

Always get advice from your preferred Allied Health Practitioner!

















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