Jumper's knee is believed to be caused by repetitive stress placed on the patellar or quadriceps tendon during jumping. It is an injury specific to athletes, particularly those participating in jumping sports such as basketball, volleyball, or high or long jumping. Jumper's knee is occasionally found in soccer players, and in rare cases, it may be seen in athletes in non-jumping sports such as weightlifting and cycling.
Investigators have implicated sex, greater body weight, genu varum and genu valgum, an increased Q angle, patella alta and patella baja, and limb-length inequality as intrinsic risk factors. However, the only biomechanical impairment prospectively linked to jumper's knee is poor quadriceps and hamstring flexibility. Vertical jump ability, as well as jumping and landing technique, are believed to influence tendon loading.
Symptoms of Jumper’s Knee
It is important to seek a healthcare provider if you have any of these following symptoms:
- Pain in the knee (specifically the patellar tendon, knee cap).
- Pain in the calf or leg.
- Overall weakness of the leg (calf muscles and quadricep).
- Stiffness of the knee.
Causes of Jumper’s Knee
Some causes of jumper’s knee include:
- Overuse of the knee.
- Participating in high impact sports.
- Sports involving frequent jumping.
- Not enough rest.
- Not having a healthy diet.
Treatment of Jumper’s Knee
Jumper's knee can get progressively worse if untreated, it is important to treat it via:
- Having a healthier diet.
- Massage therapy.
- Chiropractic rehabilitation.
- Athletic therapy.
Preventing Jumper’s Knee
Some preventative measures include:
- Maintaining or improving range of motion.
- Maintaining or improving strength.
- Maintaining or improving stability.
- Ensure a healthy diet.
- Ensure enough rest.
- If you knee is hurting during activities, take a break.
- Ensure good quality orthotics and shoes.
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