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Health Information For Teens
Jumper’s knee is an injury of the patellar tendon. The patellar tendon is the cord-like tissue that joins the patella (kneecap) to the tibia (shinbone).
Common symptoms of jumper’s knee include:
Jumper’s knee is an overuse injury (when repeated movements injure a part of the body). It happens when frequent jumping, running, and changing direction damages the patellar tendon. It’s also called patellar tendonitis.
Jumper’s knee usually affects people who play sports where there is a lot of jumping and running, such as track and field, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, running, and soccer.
To diagnose jumper’s knee, health care providers:
Treatment for jumper’s knee includes:
If someone with jumper’s knee does not rest the knee, the tendon can become more damaged. Although it is not common, surgery may be needed if:
It usually takes a few weeks to months to recover from jumper’s knee.
To heal as quickly as possible, follow your health care provider’s instructions about:
After recovery, always stretch before and after sports, and avoid overtraining. This can help prevent jumper’s knee and other sports injuries too.
ACL injuries can happen in active and athletic kids when excessive pressure is put on the knee joint, resulting in a torn ligament.
Bursitis, an irritation of the small fluid sacs that provide cushioning in some joints, is often caused by sports-related injuries or repeated use of a particular joint.
MCL injuries happen when excessive pressure is put on the knee joint, causing a torn ligament.
The key to healing meniscus tears is not to get back into play too quickly. Find out what meniscus tears are and how to treat them.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (or runner’s knee) is the most common overuse injury among runners, but it can also happen to other athletes who do activities that require a lot of knee bending.
Soccer is easy to learn at a young age, and it’s great exercise. But it’s also a contact sport, and injuries are bound to happen. To help prevent mishaps, follow these safety tips.
It’s fun to play and great exercise, but basketball is also a contact sport, and injuries happen. To stay safe on the basketball court, follow these safety tips.
Healthy knees are needed for many activities and sports and getting hurt can mean some time sitting on the sidelines.
Overuse (or repetitive stress) injuries happen when too much stress is placed on a part of the body, causing problems like swelling, pain, muscle strain, and tissue damage.
Playing hard doesn’t have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how.
Osgood-Schlatter disease (OSD) is an overuse injury that can cause knee pain in teens, especially during growth spurts. Learn more.
How can you get ready to play your best season ever? Read these tips for teen athletes.
If you’re having trouble choosing a sport, this article can help!
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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