How to tape Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)

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The most common cause of patellar tendon irritation, also known as jumper’s knee or Patellar Tendonitis, is the overuse of the patellar tendon during sports activities. Sports that involve jumping and frequent changes in direction, such as athletics, ball sports, and dancing, can put significant stress on the patella. Irritation of the area where the patellar tendon attaches below the knee on the anterior tibia can lead to damage or rupture of the tendon. Symptoms include sharp pain during activity, after prolonged periods of sitting, or when pressure is applied to the tibia.

Initially, pain may be sporadic and load-dependent, but over time it can become more frequent and even chronic if the patellar tendon becomes severely damaged. The tape applications described on this page are effective for reducing inflammation and alleviating pain in this area. However, if you experience frequent issues in this area, it’s advisable to seek guidance from a therapist on the best methods for relieving knee pain while simultaneously strengthening it. In any case, it’s important to reduce strain on the knee and engage in exercises to strengthen the thigh muscles.

Christina peter

Christina’s advice when taping your knee

When taping your knee, it’s crucial to choose a tape that provides strong adhesion and support. That’s why I recommend CureTape kinesiology tape. For regular use, CureTape Classic or Art is ideal. However, if you’re engaging in extreme sports or swimming, opt for the extra sticky CureTape Sports variant!

Christina Peter, Sports Physiotherapist and Tape Instructor for CureTape since 2003

How to tape Patellar Tendonitis

Tips for Effective Knee Taping:

  • Make sure you understand what’s causing the pain or discomfort
  • Check if there are any reasons why taping might not be a good idea.
  • Before you start, read the instructions carefully.
  • Choose a tape colour or print that suits your style!
  • Round of all the edges to prevent peeling.
  • Avoid stretching the tape at the beginning and end.
  • Rub the tape firmly for better adhesion; warmth helps activate the adhesive.
  • You can shower or swim with the tape on; just pat it dry gently afterward, avoiding vigorous rubbing.
  • To remove the tape easily, use body or massage oil.
Christina peter

Christina’s advice when taping your knee

In the self-taping instructions, I have chosen taping applications that are easy to apply yourself. In order to make this treatment safe, I give practical tips, which you should take into account before, during and after a tape treatment. They are based on my years of practical experience. If the complaints persist, always consult a therapist or doctor.

Christina Peter, Physiotherapist and Tape Instructor

Preparation for taping Patellar Tendonitis

Tape

Shape: 1 customised I-Tape.
Number of strips: 1.
Techniek: Ligament technique (maximum/full stretch).

Measuring and cutting the tape

Step 1:

how to tape patellar tendonitis

With the knee bent, measure the required tape length from the tibia over the knee to about a hand’s width above the knee.

 

Applying the tape on the tendon

Step 1:

how to tape patellar tendonitis

Step 2:

how to tape patellar tendonitis

  1. Place the base approx. 10 cm under the kneecap without stretching.
  2. Fix the base with one hand while bending the knee only slightly (perform a movement as if standing up from a sitting position).
  3. Apply the tape with full tension over the patellar tendon and kneecap.
  4. Then reduce the stretch from the upper edge of the kneecap and slowly stretch the leg. Run the tape over the thigh with a slight stretch.
  5. Rub the tape firmly in place.

Disclaimer: This tape application relieves the patellar tendon. For this reason, instantly after application, it may feel as if you can no longer completely bend the knee. After a short time you will get used to this situation.

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Disclaimer
Please note that the indicated tape applications and information on our website about the possibilities with kinesiology tape have not yet been scientifically proven. The statements and examples mentioned are based on long-term experiences of patients and trained therapists.

Contraindications not to tape: pregnancy, open wounds, broken bones, unexplained complaints, allergies and skin diseases, use of medication such as blood thinners, thrombosis and fever. Always apply tape in consultation with a specialist.