Patellar tendinitis is an injury to the tendon connecting your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone, is a relatively common cause of pain in the inferior patellar region in athletes. It is common with frequent jumping and studies have shown it may be associated with stiff ankle movement and ankle sprains.
Meeting a medical practitioner
In most cases, you can start treating a tendon injury at home. To get the best results, rest the painful area, and avoid any activity that makes the pain worse. Apply ice or cold packs for 20 minutes at a time, as often as 2 times an hour, for the first 72 hours. Keep using ice as long as it helps. Do gentle range-of- motion exercises and stretching to prevent stiffness. Have your biomechanics assessed by a physiotherapist. Undertake an Eccentric Strengthen Program.
Prevalence of jumper’s knee is high among non-elite athletes and varies between 2.5% and 14.4% for different sports. Jumper’s knee is almost twice as common among male non-elite athletes compared to female athletes. Different sport-specific loading characteristics of the knee extensor apparatus, playing surface, age, height and weight seem to be risk factors associated with patellar tendinopathy.