Patella Tendinopathy

Patella Tendinopathy, also known as jumper’s knee, is pain below the knee cap caused by inflammation of the patellar tendon.

Causes and Risk Factors

Overuse of the knee tendon causes patellar tendinopathy. The strain on the tendon causes structural changes within the tendon over time.

Overuse may be caused by any activity that requires:

  • Intense running
  • Jumping
  • Frequent deceleration and acceleration
  • ​Frequent impact to the knee

​Patellar tendinopathy is most common in the following sports:

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Running (long distance/ sprints)