Patellar tendinopathy, also known as jumper’s knee, affects the tendons that attach the kneecap to the shinbone and the quadriceps tendon to the
kneecap. Prolonged kneeling can cause prepatellar bursitis, which can develop into an
egg-shaped bump on the front of the kneecap. To prevent and ease knee pain
during work, play, and daily activities:
Reach and stay at a healthy weight.
kneepads when kneeling on hard surfaces. Avoid prolonged
Strengthen and stretch your leg muscles. Pay special
attention to your front and back thigh muscles (quadriceps and
Avoid deep knee bends.
downhill unless you are fully conditioned.
Wear shoes with good
Remember these tips about specific sports activities:
Experts recommend getting new athletic shoes every 3 months
or after 500 miles of wear.
Whenever possible, avoid wearing shoes
with cleats when playing contact sports. Cleats help your performance in some
sports by keeping your feet from slipping during acceleration, turns, or
contact. But wearing shoes with cleats increases your risk of injury.