Recommended sports for pain in the kneecap

In addition to the specific exercises, sports with low loads on the damaged knee joint, such as B. cycling, aqua jogging or walking can be performed. The loads should be carried out shorter and dynamically rather than long-term and static. Endurance loads with alternating pressure and relief while avoiding compression (e.g. in stop-and-go sports at high speed, jumping sports) in the knee joint can imitate the so-called cartilage pump that occurs with compression techniques. Coordination and strength training on the Galileo (vibration plate) is also beneficial - long-lasting static loads and constant compression such as kneeling, squatting or sitting for a long time should be avoided because of the lack of metabolic nutrition (risk of cartilage softening).
Even deep squats, especially when performed in the supine position, trigger high retropatellar pressure and should - if unavoidable - be performed in forward position.


Medical: F.emoropatellares S.painssyndrome (FPSS)

Athletic overload in front knee pain

If the previously described medical diagnostics and physiotherapeutic assessment If there is no indication of a clear cause, it is important to consider excessive exercise, especially in younger patients.


  • training frequency too high
  • too high training intensity
  • insufficient regeneration time
  • Technical error

It often happens due to excessive physical activity Tendinitis of the Tendonsthat are located around the knee joint. The most common is the thigh extensor tendon (Patellar tendon) affected their approach just below the Kneecap has (volleyball, basketball, weightlifter, high and long jumpers). The problem is further promoted by congenital malformations / positions of the kneecap, the knee joint (If one) or due to misaligned feet.

Inflammation is common in runners Iliotibial band (Tendon plate that runs from the outer hip to the head of the tibia - Runner's knees) or at the inner attachment point of the thigh flexors (Pes anserinus). By friction during the flexion and extension process of the knee joint in existing ones muscular imbalances of the thigh muscles, irritation and inflammation occur in the part of the tendons near the joints.

The complaints typically do not occur during, but after the exercise, are unilateral or bilateral, can last for different lengths of time or occur repeatedly (recurrent).

Treatment consists primarily in Load reduction and Load modification. A short-term immobilization by stabilizing is rare Tape dressings or required by rails. Since the cause of the pain is based on excessive stress, the athlete should interrupt training at least until everyday stress is pain-free again. Before resuming training, the technical execution of the respective sport, the materials required for the sport, the training content and frequency as well as the regeneration time must be checked.
To correct the technique and the training plans, the support of an expert trainer should definitely be sought. Wearing one Functional tapes during exercise can help relieve pain and improve coordination. Sometimes it is enough to reduce the training to half of the normal exercise program or to switch to painless sporting activities (swimming, cycling with the saddle up, aqua jogging). After exercise, the affected knee joint should be cooled.

The increase in training should be done slowly and carefully while observing the reaction, as it is a recurring one Irritation of the tendons the risk of chronicity increases.

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The knee joint is one of the joints with the greatest stress.

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Caution: the longer you train with knee pain, the longer the recovery time!

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In no case does the “self” diagnostic agent replace a visit to your trusted doctor! We also make no claim to the completeness of the differential diagnoses presented (alternative causes). We assume no liability for the correctness of the self-diagnosis you have made! We strictly reject any form of self-therapy without consulting your doctor!