Complete subcutaneous rupture of the patellar tendon: Epidemiological and treatment problems in athletes

E. Verni, F. Catani, R. Beluzzi, G. Del Prete, L. Prosperi, R. Buda

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Abstract

An account is given of 14 cases of patellar tendon rupture observed in 10 years with a minimum follow-up of 18 months. All athletes were treated with the same surgical technique. In addition to providing temporary protection for the tendon suture, cerclage is a sound means of securing the correct position of the patella. The results show that resumption off sport is a more selective criterion than modern clinical and instrumented investigations. The common epidemiological denominator was eccentric pliometric power training. In the absence of controlled scientific data concerning this form of functional overuse, careful selection and periodic monitoring is required of athletes whose explosive force is to be increased through previous stretching of a muscle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-47
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Sports Traumatology and Related Research
Volume19
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997

Keywords

  • Athlete
  • Knee
  • Patellar tendon
  • Rupture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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