Patellar tendinopathy in junior basketball players : a controlled clinical and ultrasonographic study of 268 patellar tendons in players aged 14-18 years

Cook, J. L., Khan, K. M., Kiss, Z. S., & Griffiths, Lyn R. (2000) Patellar tendinopathy in junior basketball players : a controlled clinical and ultrasonographic study of 268 patellar tendons in players aged 14-18 years. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 10(4), pp. 216-220.

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Abstract

Anterior knee pain is a common presenting complaint amongst adolescent athletes. We hypothesised that patellar tendinopathy may occur at a younger age than is generally recognised. Thus, we studied the patellar tendons in 134 elite 14- to 18-year-old female (n=64) and male (n=70) basketball players and 29 control swimmers (17 female, 12 male) clinically and with ultrasonography. We found that of 268 tendons, 19 (7%) had current patellar tendinopathy on clinical grounds (11% in males, 2% in females). Twenty-six percent of the basketball players' patellar tendons contained an ultrasonographic hypoechoic region. Ultrasonographic abnormality was more prevalent in the oldest tertile of players (17-18 years) than the youngest tertile (14-15.9 years). Of tendons categorised clinically as 'Never patellar tendinopathy', 22% had an ultrasonographic hypoechoic region nevertheless. This study indicates that patellar tendinopathy can occur in 14- to 18-year-old basketball players. Ultrasonographic tendon abnormality is 3 times as common as clinical symptoms

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ID Code: 62996
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Adolescent, Basketball, Patellar tendinitis, Patellar tendon, Tendinopathy, Ultrasonography
ISSN: 0905-7188
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Deposited On: 27 Sep 2013 04:34
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2013 04:34

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