Patellar tendon straps decrease pain and may alter lower extremity kinetics in those with patellar tendinopathy during jump landing

Adam B. Rosen, Jupil Ko, Kathy J. Simpson, Cathleen N. Brown

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Patellar tendinopathy is often managed with a patellar tendon strap, however, their effectiveness is unsubstantiated. The purpose of this study was to determine if straps altered pain or lower extremity kinetics of individuals with patellar tendinopathy during landing. Thirty participants with patellar tendinopathy and 30 controls completed drop jumps with and without patellar tendon straps. Wearing the strap, tendinopathy participants demonstrated significantly decreased pain and reduced knee adductor moment; all participants displayed significantly decreased anterior ground reaction force while wearing a strap. Patellar tendon strap ping may reduce pain due to alterations in direction and magnitude of loading.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-57
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2017



  • Bracing
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Lower extremity biomechanics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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