Patellar tendinopathy is characterized by pain at the anterior (front) aspect of the knee, especially just below the kneecap, that is worsened as knee extensor (quadriceps) demand increases. This condition is more common in males and in sports such as basketball, volleyball, football and tennis as these activities require the patellar tendon to repetitively store and release energy. When the tendon is challenged beyond its capacity or not allowed sufficient rest, the risk of developing symptoms increases.
Although the development and subsequent rehabilitation of patellar tendinopathy can be frustrating and lead to time off from sport, it does appear as though exercise, especially a progressive resistance training program, can be effective in restoring tendon health.
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