Tendinopathy is generally caused by overuse of a muscle-tendon unit. Over time, the strain on the tendon causes structural changes within the tendon itself.
Patellar tendinopathy occurs from overuse of the knee tendon. Overuse may be caused by any activity that requires:
- Intense running
- Frequent stops and starts
- Frequent impact to the knee
Patellar tendinopathy is most common in the following sports:
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