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Top 5 Badminton Injuries

Patella Tendonitis

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What is Patella Tendonitis?

Patella Tendonitis is degeneration of the Patella Tendon, which is located just below the knee cap. Patella Tendonitis is also known as 'Jumpers Knee'. Typically knee pain comes on gradually during jumping and landing during Badminton. Over time, the strain on the Patella Tendon becomes too great and microscopic damage develops in the tissue that makes up the tendon.

Patella Tendonitis causes pain in the tendon which is worsened by activity. The areas of degeneration feel tender to touch. Often the tendon feels very stiff first thing in the morning. The affected tendon may appear thickened in comparison to the unaffected side.

What can you do to prevent Patella Tendonitis?

Increases in the amount of Badminton practise must be gradual so as not to overload the Patella Tendon. In particular repetitions of jumping and landing should be increased gradually to allow the Patella Tendon to adapt.

Early recognition of Patella Tendonitis by a doctor or Chartered Physiotherapist helps greatly, because the outcome is better if treatment is initiated early. In minor cases of Patella Tendonitis a Patella Tendon Strap can be effective in relieving symptoms by reducing the cross sectional area of the tendon, the pressure applied by the Patella Tendon strap prevents maximal force being transmitted through the tendon. This reduces the strain on the Patella Tendon and helps to alleviate symptoms during Badminton.

What should you do if you suffer Patella Tendonitis?

Increases in the amount of Badminton practise must be gradual so as not to overload the Patella Tendon. In particular, repetitions of jumping and landing should be increased gradually to allow the Patella Tendon to adapt.

Early recognition of Patella Tendonitis by a doctor or Chartered Physiotherapist helps greatly, because the outcome is better if treatment is initiated early. In minor cases of Patella Tendonitis a Patella Tendon Strap can be effective in relieving symptoms b y reducing the cross sectional area of the tendon, the pressure applied by the Patella Tendon Strap prevents maximal force being transmitted through the tendon. This reduces the strain on the Patella Tendon and helps to alleviate symptoms during Badminton.


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