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Knee Pain From Triple Jumping

4th June 2021

Hi there Art, here welcome to my Blog.

What do I have for you today?

Triple Jumpers Knee classically known as Patella Tendonitis or Jumpers knee as it is sometimes called. & there is no tougher sport to do this than this event!

See my Vlog for the triple jump action!

In my Vlog you will see two past world champions jumping for gold medals.

Triple jumper number one: Lawrence Harvey I am proud to say my son – going for gold in the 2016 world master’s championships in Perth Australia with the triple jump of 15.09 metres.

Triple jumper number two:  Is the famous Jonathan Edwards leaping into the record books with two massive jumps of 18.16 and 18.29 metres in Gothenburg back in 1995.

 

What causes triple jumper’s knee pain?

 

Putting constant pressure and trauma on-to the Patella Tendon causes an inflammatory reaction and the tendon becomes swollen and painful, basically it is an over-use injury.  Your knee can ache and becomes painful especially when bending the knee. This puts added pressure on the inflamed tendon causing pain. Your knee may feel stiff, the more you bend the knee the more painful it becomes. Walking becomes painful, going up and down stairs becomes increasingly painful, and you, may get swelling below the knee under the patella (kneecap). Watch my Vlog which shows you where the patella tendon is!

 

Who does this affect?

 

It affects Males more than Females. It is common among athletes and is an over-use injury. Looking at these jumpers running down the track bounding, leaping, and jumping into a sandpit. It is understandable that sometime in their career and training they may suffer knee pain of some kind.

Patellar tendonitis is common among sports people and can affect people who spend a lot of time kneeling like carpet fitters. Being overweight puts people at risk of patellar tendonitis.

 

Treatment

 

Treatment in the early stages is R.I.C.E. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

Physiotherapy and physical therapy involving stretching and strengthening exercises are recommended in the rehab phases of recovery. Eccentric exercises for the quadriceps muscle group have proved to be good for conditions involving tendons and tendonitis.

See my Vlog for two great stretches for the patellar and one for the quadriceps (thigh) muscles.

That is all for today’s Blog!

Stay well! Stay safe!

Art