Monday, May 30, 2011

Patellar Tendonitis (jumper's knee)

Darn, just as I'm finally on a "maintenance" every 2-3 weeks visit to the physio for MY knee, I took Charlotte (Miss 9yo) this morning to have her knee looked at and diagnosis is Patellar Tendonitis, looks like my weekly (or more) visits to the physio aren't quite over yet! I guess when you do gymastics training 6hrs/week, cheerleading 3hrs/week, play netball a couple of times a week, and a couple of dance classes - something has to give, and two weeks out from our first gym competitions for the season, its her knee - 4 weeks rest (eek!) and see from there, just as bad as being told not to run for four weeks!  I'm hopeful that after a week of complete rest she'll at least be able to carry on conditioning and taking it easy and heal from there.

Thanks for the comments on the privacy thing - now I have to work out how to do it (haven't had any success doing that yet, for a person who's job involves being on a computer all the time, I'm seriously technically backward with this sort of stuff!).

As for running - my best news this past week has been I managed to run two days in a row, first time since January 1/2 when I first hurt my knee, its amazing how good that wee accomplishment felt! I ran a really easy 5km on the treadmill one day and then a harder, faster 8km the day after - and all was well.  Stupid knee still isn't quite right, but getting better all the time.  Enough so that the physio said today to really push myself in the half marathon I'm planning on running in a couple of weeks as afterwards will be a really good indication on how the body is holding out before I start training for the Auckland Marathon pretty much straight after that.

I've invested in a heartrate monitor and the numbers are really interesting - as is trying to be VERY disciplined with the long slow distances and keeping my heartrate low for those runs.  Hopefully I'm learning to train a lot smarter which will keep me running, and running better in the future!

... and yeah, London report, still to come ...


  1. Sorry about Charlotte's knees but glad your knee is getting better.
    I have problems pacing myself too whether it is running or hiking. I've been working on it for years now and still no results.

  2. Symptamatology of the condition:

    The condition is usually characterised by an insidiuos onset, meaning that the pain increase in intensity gradually. Pain is localised over the lower part of the front of the knee. Pain increases in character and intensity on continued activity like jumping, hopping, bounding and running. Furthermore, eccentric or negative contraction increases pain as well.
    More info for Basket ball lovers at patellar tendonitis