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Issue 16 - February 2024

Research Review Summary

Association Between Physical Tests and Patients-Reported Outcomes in Athletes Performing Exercise Therapy for Patellar Tendinopathy

Key Takeaways:
  • In the participants from the study in last month’s research review, baseline physical tests did not predict improvements in patella tendinopathy symptoms or function
  • In the participants from the study in last month’s research review, improvements in physical tests did not correlate with improvements in patella tendinopathy symptoms or function
  • In the participants in the study from last month’s research review, double-leg vertical jump height did not significantly improve, which is in-line with previous research
  • The participants in the study from lasn’t month’s research review did demonstrate small improvements in quadriceps strength; other similar studies have mixed results for quadriceps strength improvements
  • Tests such as quadriceps isometric peak force and the double-leg vertical jump might not be the best tests for people with patella tendinopathy
  • There are other tests that make more sense for patella tendinopathy “in theory,” but have not been tested in research
  • Progression through a graded exercise program that recreates physical demands of sport might be the best test for returning people to sport