- 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.
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.
Because the two loading protocols had similar results, clinicians should prescribe loading based on patient preference to help improve adherence.
The participants included 44 male athletes, aged 20-45, with a diagnosis of patellar tendinopathy lasting between 3 and 12 months.