Patellar tendinopathy is a common yet misunderstood condition that afflicts a variety of patient populations. This lack of understanding affects the ability of clinicians to provide effective treatment interventions. Patients with tendinopathy often report long-term and low to moderate levels of pain, diminished flexibility, and reduced strength, as well as decreased physical function. Load-management strategies combined with exercise regimens focused on progressive tendon loading are the most effective treatment options for patients with patellar tendinopathy. This review will provide an evidence-based approach to patellar tendinopathy, including its pathoetiology, evaluation, and treatment strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)621-631
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Athletic Training
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2022


  • exercise
  • load management
  • loading
  • tendinitis
  • tendinosis
  • tendon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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