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Jumping Injuries and Knee Pain

Posted on: July 9th, 2018 by Zackary Yaremko

Zackary received a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with distinction from the University of Alberta in 2015. Upon completion, he immediately pursued a Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta.

Zack has been skating since he was 3 and downhill skiing since he was 5. Sports have been a huge part of his entire life and continues to shape who he is as a person. He’s been involved competitively in hockey, basketball, rugby, volleyball, soccer, track & field and cross country running.

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Jumping Injuries

Pushing the ball down the court

I don’t play competitive basketball or volleyball anymore, but there was a time when I wanted to give up sports or take a year off because of the knee pain I experienced.  Most of the pain came from a jumping injury.

Jumping is an activity that a variety of athletes perform.  It requires a great command of the lower body to generate enough power to propel us through the air. It also causes an impact force through the body upon landing.  People of all ages jump for various reasons such as playing sports, for just simple fitness, and playing fun games.

There are many injuries that can come from jumping. You can even experience pain without a major fall or missed landing.  Common ones include Jumper’s knee or patellar tendinopathy, osgood schlatter’s disease, achilles tendinopathy, bruised heels or fat pad contusions, sever’s disease, bursitis and the list goes on.

Pain can even come on over time through training sessions, practice, fun and competition.  This is likely the result of an overuse injury.  Basically, your body says enough jumping.

Who is most at risk for jumping injuries?

Pain usually manifests itself in the knee or the heel.  Not a surprise, but many young athletes are at greater risk, especially when going through growth spurts.  Their bodies are changing and jumping can put a tremendous amount of stress on those developing bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles.

What’s the solution to jumping injuries?

Luckily, I got help from a great physiotherapist which solved my knee pain. Not only was I able to return to sport pain free but I was also able to improve my vertical and reduce my chances of injury.

It is now my opportunity to return the favor to developing athletes and people of all ages to help them correct these problems. Together we can figure out the cause of the problem and correct it based on an individual treatment program tailored to you. Then you can continue to jump over any obstacles in life.

Your partner in health,

Zack

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