Pitfalls Of Superior Jump Skills

Pitfalls Of Superior Jump Skills If you're one of those volleyball players with a real talent for spiking or defending against spiked balls a 5-year study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine offers a cautionary tale. Their research indicates that a potential downside of natural jumping ability is increased risk of developing jumper's knee.

Jumper's knee, also known as patellar tendonitis, is an overuse injury leading to inflammation of the patellar tendon. Over the course of 5 years, 28 of the 150 high school aged volleyball players who took part in this study developed jumper's knee, and all of them recorded some of the best scores in countermovement jump tests.

True Strength Moment: Although it can become a serious condition, jumper's knee is often ignored by elite athletes who either try to work through the pain or treat the discomfort themselves. The good news is early detection and treatment by healthcare professionals can help prevent permanent knee damage.
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