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What Is Jumpers Knee?

, What Is Jumpers Knee?

Runners will agree on the addictive feeling the freedom of running gives. But with this comes the hard truth of common running injuries. Jumper’s knee is a common knee injury that can occur.

What is jumper’s knee, and how does a biokineticist spot it?
Jumper’s knee is also known as patellar tendonitis. Tendons connect muscle to bone. While running downhill, if you experience swelling, redness or warmth around the lower part of your kneecap, you may have jumper’s knee. Jumper’s knee is different to runner’s knee, in that there is inflammation to the patellar tendon. 

How does a biokineticist identify jumper’s knee?
Biokineticist Mark Digby says, “Jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis) is common among athletes, where jumping and landing is involved in training. If unconditioned or overused, the tendon is put under strain, and inflammation and pain occurs.

“In personal training, skipping or box jumps can also cause such an injury. This occurs through incorrect form or doing too much too soon. Listen to your personal trainer or allied health professional when working out,” says Mark.  

Advice from a biokineticist? “It’s important to maintain a balance between quadricep and hamstring strength, as well as stretching tight quadriceps through everyday activities,” says Mark. 

Have you wondered, is there a biokineticist near me? There sure is! BodyBack will find a biokineticist in your area, to help you achieve optimal health and wellness. Biokineticist can assist with preventative healthcare, sports injuries and lifestyle improvements.

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