The pain comes from the tendon that attaches the lower leg bone to the bottom of the patella, or knee cap. The tendon can become overloaded with repeated jumping or bounding. This changes the structure and reduces the health of the tendon. Over time small blood vessels and nerves can begin to infiltrate into the tendon. This is the source of pain.
The cause of this problem is when there is a sudden increase in jumping, running, or change of direction activities. In athletes, it can occur when there is not enough recovery time between training or competition schedules.
The good news? Research has shown that progressive strengthening programs helps to improve the resilience of the tendon and reduce pain.
The program within TrackActive Me will guide you through exercises to strengthen the quadriceps and improve the health of the tendon. You will need to stick to the exercises for several weeks to see a real change.
It is important while doing this program to reduce or avoid unnecessary activities that cause you pain. Once you have improved you can begin to gradually recommence sports and activities that stress the tendon. In the meantime, make sure you keep active with other exercises and activities that don’t cause you pain. Swimming and cycling that don’t overload the tendon are a good idea. You can also choose from our library of pilates, stretching and upper body strengthening programs. Just select ‘Stay Strong and Healthy’ in the TrackActive Me chat feature.