Anthropometry, physical performance, and ultrasound patellar tendon abnormality in elite junior basketball players: A cross-sectional study

Cook, J. L., Kiss, Z. S., Khan, K. M., Purdam, C. R. and Webster, K. E. (2004) Anthropometry, physical performance, and ultrasound patellar tendon abnormality in elite junior basketball players: A cross-sectional study. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 38 2: 206-209.


Author Cook, J. L.
Kiss, Z. S.
Khan, K. M.
Purdam, C. R.
Webster, K. E.
Title Anthropometry, physical performance, and ultrasound patellar tendon abnormality in elite junior basketball players: A cross-sectional study
Journal name British Journal of Sports Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0306-3674
1473-0480
Publication date 2004-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1136/bjsm.2003.004747
Volume 38
Issue 2
Start page 206
End page 209
Total pages 4
Place of publication England
Publisher BMJ Publishing
Language eng
Subject 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Abstract Objective: Patellar tendinopathy has been reported to be associated with many intrinsic risk factors. Few have been fully investigated. This cross-sectional study examined the anthropometric and physical performance results of elite junior basketball players with normal or abnormal patellar tendons to see if any measures were associated with changes in tendon morphology. Methods: Agility, leg strength, endurance, and flexibility were measured in 71 male and 64 female players. A blinded radiologist ultrasonographically examined their patellar tendons and athletes were grouped as having normal or abnormal tendons. One-way ANOVA was used to test for differences in anthropometric and physical performance data for athletes whose tendons were normal or abnormal (unilateral or bilateral tendinopathy) on ultrasound. Results: Results show that females with abnormalities in their tendons had a significantly better vertical jump (50.9 +/- 6.8 cm) than those with normal tendons (46.1 +/- 5.4 cm) (p = 0.02). This was not found in males. In males, the mean sit and reach in those with normal tendons (13.2 +/- 6.7 cm) was greater (p<0.03) than in unilateral tendinopathy (10.3 +/- 6.2 cm) or in bilateral tendinopathy (7.8 +/- 8.3 cm). In females, those with normal tendons (13.3 +/- 4.8 cm) and bilateral tendinopathy (15.8 +/- 6.2 cm) were distinctly different from those with unilateral tendinopathy (7.9 +/- 6.6 cm). Conclusion: Flexibility and vertical jump ability are associated with patellar tendinopathy and the findings warrant consideration when managing young, jumping athletes
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