Jumper’s knee is an overuse injury that is common among athletes who participate in sports in which they do a lot of jumping (e.g. basketball, volleyball, long jump), but is not limited to those individuals. The term also applies to injury or inflammation where the thigh muscles tendon attach to the upper kneecap pole or where the kneecap tendon attaches to the lower leg bone. See our jumper’s knee exercises for more information.
Jumper's knee causes are believed to be due to repetitive stress placed on the patellar or quadriceps tendon during jumping. Whether you participate in jumping sports or not, you can get jumper’s knee. Risk factors include increased body weight, being bow-legged or knock-kneed, having an abnormally high kneecap or an abnormally low kneecap, and legs of unequal length. Some common jumper’s knee causes include:
Jumper’s knee symptoms can include:
When looking for jumper’s knee treatment, immediate relief is what is typically sought. This often comes in the form of rest and support or compression. Jumper’s knee treatment, however, should also include stretching and strengthening exercises that will provide long term healing.
Whether you have just started to feel jumper’s knee symptoms, or you have been experiencing them for a while, the following jumper’s knee treatment options can help get you back in the game:
Stretch & Strengthen