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Best Exercises for Patellar Tendinopathy

Patellar tendinopathy occurs when the patella is injured or torn. This is an important tendon that connects the shinbone and the kneecap. Persistent stress on this part would lead to major tears that can be painful. The injury is more prevalent in sports that involve lots of jumping. Physical therapy can help strengthen knee muscles and retain full movement range. Below are 8 best exercises for people with patellar tendinopathy.

Terminal Knee Extension

To do this exercise, you need an exercise band. First, tie the ends of the band to make a loop. Have someone hold one end or tie it to a fixed place to keep it in place. This is important to provide resistance during the exercise. The other end of the band should be looped around the knee of the leg you want to train. Make sure the leg bends a bit at the knee. Put the other leg behind the trained leg. Next, tighten your thigh muscles to slowly straighten the trained leg. Stay in this position for 6 seconds before returning to the initial position. Rest for 5 to 10 seconds and repeat 8 to 10 times for each set. [1]