Leg day is the day each week that you love to hate, but hate to love. The love-hate relationship many bodybuilders develop with leg training is only natural. Since the legs comprise the largest muscle group of the body, they require the most energy and effort to train.

Unfortunately, injuries to the knees can sometimes put a damper on your efforts. One common knee injury that bodybuilders are sometimes challenged with is known as patellar tendonitis. Patellar tendonitis is defined as an inflammation/irritation of the patellar tendon. The patellar tendon plays an important role in your leg movement, as it facilitates the extension of the legs from a bent position.

According to Sachin Patel, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Garey Orthopedics Medical Group in Pomona and Rancho Cucamonga, California, “One of the first symptoms of patellar tendonitis is a sharp pain along the patellar tendon with physical activity such as squatting, leg extensions, or running/jumping.”

Patellar tendonitis is usually caused by repeated stress on the patellar tendon without adequate recovery. This stress can result in small tears in the tendon that the body attempts to repair. Treatment usually involves rest, ice and compression. A period of rest ranging from 3–21 days (depending on the severity) along with the application of ice for 15–20 minutes, 1–3 times a day is a great way to start.

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Source: musclemag.com