Patellar Tendinopathy and Potential Risk Factors: An International Database of Cases and Controls

Objectives: Numerous risk factors have been identified for patellar tendinopathy (PT), often in small population studies. The aim was to use an international online questionnaire to generate a large database and identify significant risk factors.

Design: Case–control study.

Setting: Private practice and sporting teams recruited from England, Spain, and Italy with the questionnaire available in all 3 languages (equivalence between online and self-administration shown previously). All data were anonymized and password protected.

Participants: Eight hundred twenty-five data sets collected between January 2012 and May 2014.

Assessment of Risk Factors: A total of 23.4% of participants had clinically diagnosed PT. A comparison between these participants and participants without PT was made.

Main Outcome Measure: Association between the presence of PT and risk factors.

Results: Eight risk factors were included in the analysis based on a purposeful selection procedure: sex, hours of training, hamstring flexibility, previous patellar tendon rupture, previous knee injury, current/previous back pain, family history, and age. Four were found to have statistically significant odds ratios: female sex [0.70, 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.49-1.00, P = 0.05], hours of training (>20 hours 8.94, 95% CI, 4.68-17.08, P < 0.01), previous knee injury (2.10, 95% CI, 1.45-3.04, P < 0.01), and flexible hamstrings (0.61, 95% CI, 0.38-0.97, P = 0.04). There was a trend toward association for back pain (1.45, 95% CI, 0.99-2.14, P = 0.06) and a family history of tendon problems (1.51, 95% CI, 0.96-2.37, P = 0.08).

Conclusions: Risk factors have been identified that are potentially modifiable to inform prevention and rehabilitation programs; future research is required to establish causal relationships. Identified risk factors require mechanistic investigation as they are not currently recognized in the literature. 


Autor / Fonte:Morton, Sarah; Williams, Sean; Valle, Xavier; Diaz-Cueli, David; Malliaras, Peter; Morrissey, Dylan. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: September 2017 - Volume 27 - Issue 5 - p 468–474 doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000397