EXETER, NH – Jumper’s knee is a common overuse injury that affects up to 20 percent of athletes who jump with rapid acceleration and deceleration. Athletes that play basketball, volleyball, soccer, and track typically see the most jumping-related injuries. There are several causes of jumper’s knee including intensity of training, playing surfaces and footwear; and there are several body type conditions that have also been known to cause the issue, such as patella height, malaignment and muscle imbalance.
Initial symptoms of the condition are pain along the front of the knee that occurs after a sports injury. That pain can become worse and continue even after training stops. It can also progress with every day activities. The good news is, jumper’s knee is typically managed conservatively. In many cases most athletes return to their sports, especially if it’s treated early on.
Dr. Joshua Siegel is the Director of Sports Medicine at Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics. He specializes in knee repair and says this type of injury is common in the many athletes he treats.
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