The Effect of Positional Release Therapy on Intercollegiate Male Basketball Athletes Classified With Patella Tendinopathy

in International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training
Lucas C. Bianco DAT, LAT, ATC, CSCS*,1, James M. May DAT, LAT, ATC*,2, Smokey L. Fermin DAT, LAT, ATC*,3, Robert Oates DAT, LAT, ATC, CES, PES*,4, and Scott W. Cheatham PhD, DPT, OCS, ATC*,2
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  • 1 BIOKINETIX
  • | 2 University of Idaho
  • | 3 Whitworth University
  • | 4 Wilmington College
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In the current case series, three male patients aged 19–21 years, all participating in basketball activities during their competitive season, were evaluated and classified with patella tendinopathy. A combination of positional release therapy (PRT) treatment with therapeutic exercises was used to decrease pain and improve function. Over the course of the treatment, each patient improved outcomes at discharge and sustained the improvements at follow-up. The purpose of this paper is to compare the results of this case series with a study of the effects of eccentric exercises on physically active patients diagnosed with patella tendinopathy and participating in jumping sports.

Bianco is with BIOKINETIX, Chicago, IL. May and Cheatham are with University of Idaho, Moscow, ID. Fermin is with Whitworth University, Spokane, WA. Oates is with Wilmington College, Wilmington, OH.

Bianco (lucas.bianco@biokinetix.com) is corresponding author.
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