Balance Exercises For Jumpers Knee

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

    Athletes and Weekend Warriors  be plagued with knee pain that n be improved with specific strengthening and balance exercises. Please see more information at One type of knee pain is called “Jumper’s Knee.” “Jumper’s knee” is the term usually applied in sports medicine to a variety of conditions involving the patellar tendon at its attachments to the patella and the tibial tuberosity. Most commonly associated with overuse or repetitive stress in sports that emphasize repetitive jumping (basketball, volleyball, or high or long jumping), but also seen in athletes involved in running and kicking sports. The extrinsic overloading of the tendon results in microtears which fail to heal properly and can develop into a chronic tendinitis or uncommonly, a rupture. It is more common in athletes with a pronated foot posture1 or low ankle dorsiflexion. This condition has also been associated with single-event, blunt trauma. Histological study does not identify inflammatory infiltrates, so “tendinitis” is probably not accurate. Current terminology favors patellar tendinosis (PT) to characterize this disorder. Immunohistochemical examination has shown a prevalence of mast cells that may mediate hypervascularity. Doppler ultrasound examination reveals neovascularization in 60% of patellar tendinosis  patients. Having abandoned inflammation as the primary model of this painful condition, a clear model of pathophysiology of chronic tendinopathy is not fully understood but does involve a degenerative component. This limits our capacity to establish effective treatment approaches and in some ways explains the wide variety of treatment approaches used. The majority of current evidence supports the first line treatment option for this condition as exercise, specifically eccentric, or some version of eccentric-concentric, to improve the capacity of the tendon to manage the strain/load of the aggravating activity. In addition to eccentric strengthening exercises, patellar tendinosis can be helped by performing certain balance exercises to establish stabilization and control of ones body weight during movement activities, in order to not lose balance and create a quick, dramatic force on the already injured tendon.

Eccentric Strengthening and Balance Exercises

     Sports participants can minimize symptoms of “Jumper’s Knee” and other Tendinopathy conditions by partaking in eccentric and  balance exercises. eccentric strengthening routines involves elongating a muscle against a load. For instance, athletes with knee pain from a Patella Tendinopathy can strengthen the quadriceps muscle by slowly lowering their body from a standing position to a squatting position. In addition to strengthening the muscle, you can perform equilibrium routines that help maximize balance abilities. As an example, You can rehearse standing on one foot while you slowly and purposely swing the other foot forwards and backwards and side to side. This combination of a static and dynamic stabilization exercise will help you master controlling your body weight during all movement activities. You can learn how to appropriately perform balance exercises by joining in with the demonstration of a knowledgeable Physical Therapist in the Exercise For Balance DVD.

Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD

Learn how to perform balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD

    Whether you are a casual, weekend warrior or a high end athlete, you can enhance your sports performance by getting started on a course of the best balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The healthcare provider highly recommended Exercise For Balance DVD is a high quality instructional DVD to use at home or in a group setting. The easy to understand and simple to follow Exercise For Balance DVD includes  a step by step series of the latest balance and strength exercises necessary to optimize overall fitness and to carry out basic daily activities like shopping, doing laundry,  walking, standing, cleaning house, stair climbing or to advance to more difficult pursuits like skiing, dancing, playing golf and hiking. In the  comprehensive Exercise For Balance DVD, you will learn how to improve stability, how to apply steadiness techniques and how to safely execute balance routines from a  qualified balance specialist — licensed Physical Therapist—who has worked with balance and dizziness disorders for over 25 years. Get your copy of the Exercise For Balance DVD by clicking on the BUY NOW button

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