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Patellar Tendinopathy, a.k.a Jumper’s Knee

Team Canada Volleyball physiotherapist Hilary Mallinger breaks down the facts and best ways to treat this common condition affecting many young athletes.

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Patellar Tendinopathy, a.k.a Jumper’s Knee

What is patellar tendinopathy?Patellar tendinopathy, or Jumper’s Knee, is pain and inflammation in the patellar tendon, which lies just below the patella, or knee cap. The patellar tendon’s function is to transfer force from the quadriceps muscles to the tibia, causing the knee to extend. Patellar tendinopathy a condition primarily found in young (15-30 years of age) athletes whose sport involves...

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Hilary Mallinger is a Registered Physiotherapist and Co-Owner of Cadence Physiotherapy, located in Scarborough, ON. A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Hilary completed her Master of Science in Physical Therapy at Queen's University. Prior to this, she studied at the University of Toronto, completing a Bachelor of Kinesiology with a minor in Music History and Culture. Hilary has the privilege of working as the team physiotherapist with Volleyball Canada Senior Women’s Indoor National Team. Within the GTA community, Hilary has worked as a team physiotherapist with Markham Revolution Volleyball Club, as well as working with Lennard Krapp and Alex Poletta in their Beach Volleyball Academy. She has also worked with Barrie Rugby Football Club, and has volunteered with Figure Skating Canada, Ontario Parasport Games and at the 2015 Pan Am Games. Hilary trains with Elevate Running Club as a long distance runner, is an avid skier and plays softball.

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