Knee pain is a very common issue that we see in athletes in jumping/ landing or explosive sports such as netball, basketball, athletics, tennis and soccer. Whilst a niggle/pain/ache at the front of your knee is not very often related to a serious knee injury (like an ACL tear), it can bother athletes for months to years.

What is causing the pain?

A few common conditions you may have heard of are patellar tendinopathy (sometimes called jumper’s knee) , patello femoral pain syndrome (sometimes called knee cap aligment issues) and Runner’s Knee are often felt at the front of the knee.

These issues are often caused by:

  • A period of increased load (more training, higher intensity or picking up a new sport)
  • Inadequate recovery time between workouts
  • Deficits in strength which in turn, lead to the body not being able to cope with higher load activities

How long will I be sore for?

Many athletes deal with knee pain for A LONG TIME. However, it actually doesn't take too long to settle down the pain and discomfort. With a combination of soft tissue work, strapping and a period of deloading, we expect your symptoms to settle in 1-2 weeks.

Knee pain gone? Doesn't mean it's fixed!

We see a lot of athletes who go back to doing everything the second the pain and discomfort has died down. In most cases there is a strength or control deficit on the painful side. Addressing these factors will reduce the chance of this being an ongoing issue. Exercise below is a good example of one

Calm it down build it back up!


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