Handball Injuries – Jumper’s Knee

Handball has always been a high impact sport but over the years it has developed into a sport characterized by a noticeable increase in speed, intensity and force – with more injuries as a result. In Rehband’s “Complete Guide – The 11 Most Common Injuries In Handball” you can learn about the most common injuries in handball today. What are the causes and symptoms, and what can you do to prevent injuries and alleviate pain if you’re affected?  This article is focused on Jumper’s Knee.

Jumper’s Knee

A rupture and inflammation in the patella tendon due to overstraining. Among handball players, slipped kneecaps are common.

Possible Causes

  • Overstraining the patellar tendon.
  • Reduced strength in the front thigh muscles.
  • Inadequate rehabilitation after previous damage.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the kneecap associated with activity.
  • Pain and stiffness during and after exertion.
  • Morning stiffness.
  • Pressure pain and swelling under the kneecap.

Treatment

  • Knee protection to relieve the patellar tendon.
  • Avoiding activity that triggers pain.
  • A gradually intensified rehabilitation programme.
  • Stretching
  • Possible surgery in cases where the injury does not heal.

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