Patellar tendon is the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shinbone. Patellar Tendon is prone to injury. The pain in that area is referred to as Patellar Tendinitis it is also known as Jumpers knee.Runners experiencing Patellar Tendinitis complain of knee pain.
It affects runners with a BMI of 25 or higher or who have a history of playing basketball and have suddenly increased their weekly mileage.
The patellar tendon helps your leg extend during running or jumping, but that repeated motion can create small tears in the tendon. After years of activity and then a sudden increase in mileage, your body may struggle to repair those tears.
Patellar Tendon Strengthening Exercises
To prevent Patellar Tendinitis keep your weight in check. Do squats to strengthen the patellar tendon and stretch your quads and hamstrings. Avoid increasing mileage by more than 10 percent per week.
The Patellar Tendon Strengthening Exercises are also good for those who are doing rehabilitation of Patellar Tendon.
Watch this video of Knee Exercises to Strenghen Muscles around the Patella to Avoid Knee Pain
A few tips for doing calf stretch. Stretch until the muscle just begins to feel tight (stretch point). It is important to hold the stretch position for 20 seconds, relax for 10 seconds and repeat each exercise for each leg. The stretching program should last 10 minutes. A practical program is to perform each exercise 2 or 3 times on each leg.
The following exercise video demonstrates how to do a calf stretch.
After Dara Torres won silver at beijing summer games, she credited her success to two secrets, amino acid supplements and a mode of stretching known as Resistance stretching in which she stretches or elongates her muscles against resistance.
Benefits of resistance stretching
The benefits of resistance stretching are flexibility and strength
This video by Al Rocker guided by Bob cooley, author of best selling book Genius of flexibility demonstrates resistance stretching.