Article Contributed By Holly Pennington, PT, DPT
One of the great things about being a triathlete is that your chances of a career-stopping injury are quite small. The prevalence of traumatic incidents, such as a torn ACL or concussion, is relatively low. Overuse injuries, resulting from repetitive motion over long periods of time, are the most common reason triathletes seek medical care. As a multi-sport athlete, you generally have an injury advantage because you train in three different body positions, but there are a few areas of the body that are susceptible to overuse problems such as tendonitis. Because both running and cycling ask a lot of your knees, the patellar tendon is at particular risk for becoming a pesky source of pain.
Also known as jumper’s knee, patellar tendonitis is an injury to the small, tendinous band that connects the kneecap (patella) to the shin bone (tibia). Pain typically occurs in front of the knee, but can also be felt underneath the patella, and increases with one or more of these activities: jumping, running, cycling, squatting, knee bending or straightening. Swelling and tenderness to the touch may also be present.
If these symptoms sound familiar, you need to know what not do to, so that your tendon can heal as quickly as possible and stick with your training plan. Here are five things not to do if you are suffering from patellar tendonitis:
When your knee hurts, it wants and needs your attention. Take care of it by resisting the urge to run and ride through your pain and avoiding these five things so that you can enjoy many more years of being a pain-free triathlete!
Not sure if it’s patellar tendonitis? Wondering how to choose the best eccentric exercises for you? Unsure about how much training is ok when your knee hurts? Come by one of our 8 South Sound clinic locations for a free consult with a Board Certified Physical Therapist. Visit www.outpatientpt.com for locations and contact info.
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