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Do Your Knees Hurt After Shooting Some Hoops?

| August 22, 2013 | Reply

basketball player dribbling.

What is Jumper’s Knee?

Whether you are big smooth LeBron James, or little me who bounces the ball off your foot and out of bounds, Jumper’s Knee can afflict basketball players of all levels.  Jumper’s Knee is a chronic overuse injury to the patellar tendon (the tendon between your knee cap and lower leg) from repetitive jumping.  When you come down quickly after a jump, you bend your knees to absorb the shock.  This forced bend stresses your patellar tendon and can sometimes cause pain and inflammation to where your tendon attaches to the bone. 


Prevention Tips From a Physiotherapist

One preventative measure is to purchase and use a patellar tendon strap that will go under your knee just above where you feel a bump on your bone, over the soft squishy part you feel when your knee is bent.  While this will not 100% prevent Jumper’s Knee, it can help reduce the biomechanical stress.  Other things like icing after games, having good quadriceps and hamstring flexibility, and ensuring that you are strengthening your hamstrings when you strengthen your quads will help.  If you do have a problem that is not going away, the best thing you can do is seek early treatment from your Physiotherapist.  Modern treatments like Graston Technique and Radial Shockwave Therapy can help treat chronic Jumper’s Knee problems.

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5832 Terrace Rd Edmonton, AB. T6A 3Y8

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Category: Active Living, Healthy Living, Jumper's Knee, Physiotherapy, Radial Shockwave Therapy

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I am Capilano Rehab Centre’s Community Care Coordinator. I have been with Capilano Rehab for 9 years primarily as a Physio Assistant, but also as a Receptionist. I have a Physical Education Degree from the University of Alberta, which I will eventually use when my two young children are grown up. In the mean time I am enjoying helping people in the Community through my role as Community Care Coordinator and bringing awareness to how a Physiotherapist can help you get back to the activities you love the most!

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