Rehabilitation of patellar tendinopathy in athletes

...an approach focusing on hip muscle strengthening and altering jump landing strategy

Patellar tendinopathy (PT) is a common injury in sports. There are various factors that can cause PT. Eccentric training is used often as treatment modality during rehabilitation. However, growing evidence indicates that this may not always be the best option, especially if the athlete is still participating in sports activities.

It has been shown in previous studies that the jump-landing mechanics are different in patients with patellofemoral tendon complaints in comparison to controls. While the controls perform a hip flexion while landing, the patients with the patellar tendon abnormalities performed hip extension. Focusing on the landing part of the jump can be an important part of rehabilitation, especially if the athlete participates in sports including cutting and jumping, such as volleyball.


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