The squat and the leg extension are movements commonly exercised during fitness training. The correct technique in carrying out these exercises is very important. Overuse injuries around the knee can result from incorrect technique.
Another complaint suffered around the knee is irritation of the joint cartilage behind the kneecap. This is an often difficult to localise pain perceived around and behind the kneecap. The pain above all occurs during or after fitness. During bending and stretching, the knees may ‘crack and creak’ and sometimes swell up following major exertion.
A diagnosis can be made by a sport physiotherapist and/or sport physician. Depending on the diagnosis, the correct measures can be taken. Think of the correct technique, weight, number of repetitions and sufficient recovery time.
The attachment of this muscle below the knee can cause pain problems due to overburdening. This is a common occurrence amongst young sportsmen and women who have undergone a growth spurt. The bones first increase in length, followed only then by the muscles and tendons. Many young sportsmen and women start to participate more frequently in sport, specifically in the period when they experience growth spurts. As a result, particularly this muscle attachment can become strained. The pain is generally below the kneecap (=patella). A Push Sports Patella Brace can reduce the main problem in many cases.
The correct squat technique is very important to prevent recurrence and/or worsening.