Clinical outcomes, structure, and function improve with both heavy and moderate loads in the treatment of patellar tendinopathy: a randomized clinical trial

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Key Points

  1. A heavy loading protocol was not superior to a moderate loading protocol in the treatment of patellar tendinopathy at 12 weeks or 1-year follow-up.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Patellar tendinopathy is a common presentation seen in the clinic. The most popular treatment strategies for patellar tendinopathy involve loading interventions, but the optimal volume and intensity is unknown.

This study was a randomized controlled trial comparing the effects of heavy versus moderate loading on pain, function and tendon structure in the short and long-term in those with patellar tendinopathy.

The most popular treatment strategies for patellar tendinopathy involve loading interventions.
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Because the two loading protocols had similar results, clinicians should prescribe loading based on patient preference to help improve adherence.

METHODS

The participants included 44 male athletes, aged 20-45, with a diagnosis of patellar tendinopathy lasting between 3 and 12 months.

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