An immediate effect of infrapatellar strap on pain and jump height in patellar tendinopathy among young athletes

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An immediate effect of infrapatellar strap on pain and jump height in patellar tendinopathy among young athletes
Key Take-Away: 

Patellar tendinopathy is a condition of severe patellar tendon pain among athletes who participate in running or jumping sports. One of the practical approaches that provide instant relief from pain is the infrapatellar strap. The following analysis affirms so.

Introduction

Infrapatellar strapping is an approach that utilised in multiple knee medicines; Although, its impact on functional performance and pain in the young athletes has not been evaluated. Therefore, the study was aimed to investigate the effects of infrapatellar strap on jumping performance and pain which diagnosed with patellar tendinopathy.

 

Methods

The analysis involved sixteen young male volleyball and basketball athletes. The infrapatellar strap was implemented below the patella, above the patellar tendon. Four jumping tests were conducted; drop jump, jump 30 s test, squat jump, and single-leg jump, either with or without the strap. Visual analog scale and Optojump Next optical measurement system were used to assess Knee Pain severity and jumping performance parameters, respectively.

 

Results

With the use of infrapatellar strap patients exhibited reduced pain in the jumps 30 s test, drop test, and single-leg jump test ( p < 0.05). The jumping performance was similar in both with or without the strap.

 

Conclusion

The infrapatellar strap was efficient in reducing pain without changing the jumping performance. It can be promoted to apply when the physical activity as the part of the physical therapy treatments for patellar tendinopathy. This is an appropriate approach because of its ease to use, being a non-invasive method and low cost.

Source:

Prosthet Orthot Int

Link to the source:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30101673

Original title of the article:

An immediate effect of infrapatellar strap on pain and jump height in patellar tendinopathy among young athletes.

Authors:

Gali Dar et al.

Therapeutic, Sports Injury, Knee, Efficacy
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