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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Discription : overuse of the knee can lead to strain, irritation and/or injury.This produces pain, weakness and swelling of the knee joint Patellar Tendonitis also known as 'Jumpers Knee'The most common overuse conditions associated with thisinjury are Running, repeated Jumping and Landingand kicking. Knee: Patellar Tendonitis Rehab Exercises: Rehab Exercises: Lunge :The lunge exercise should begin as soon as pain allows and is a more demanding exercise which brings increasing power and speed into the exercise.Athlete stands with one leg in front of the other and bends the front kneeso the thigh is horizontal and the back knee goes towards the floor. This can be easier by not going quite so low with the front leg. Begin with 1 set of 8 repetitions building to 3 sets of 15 reps. Weights bar across the shoulders can be used to increase the load. Isometric Quad contractions:The athlete contracts the quadriceps muscles, holds for a few seconds and relaxes. Can be done in the standing position, seated or lying face up or face down, whatever is comfortable for the athleteBegin with 3 sets of 8 repetitions holding for 5 secondsand build up to 4 sets of 12 repetitions holding for 10 seconds.If it is painful during, after or the next day then reduce the load. Range Of Motion Step Back Exercise :This exercise when the athlete is attempting to returnspecific sports training.The athlete steps back and in one movement steps back onto the step. This is a more explosive, plyometric exercise.It works the calf muscle eccentrically as well as the knee.Alternate so both legs are exercised do not do any more on the good leg than you can achieve with the injured leg. Agility Single Leg Extension: The leg extension machine can be used to strengthen the quadriceps muscles.When doing full weight bearing exercises is still painful.It is a step on from isometric exercise.Begin with 3 sets of 10 repetitions with light resistance concentrating on the last few degrees of motion as the leg straightens.Gradually increase the resistance when 3 sets of 10 or 12 reps become comfortable. Strength Power
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