The JUMPER’S KNEE PROJECT has been triggered by the prevalence of Jumper’s Knee in sports we specialize in, namely Basketball and Volleyball. Consider that over 60% of athletes that participate in these sports will develop Jumper’s Knee, which in the majority of cases results in chronic injury, lasting years. To address this condition involves an injury prevention strategy that involves coaches, sport organizations, health care professionals and strength and conditioning specialists.  

We can’t wait for an injury to occur; we can prevent or at least manage them so that all our athletes have the opportunity to fulfill their potential. Here are some other alarming statistics and facts regarding Jumper’s Knee:

  • Day to Day Impact. Athletes affected by Jumper’s Knee, depending on severity, will have great difficulty walking up and down stairs, getting up after sitting down, and will demonstrate decreased sport performance.
  • Extremely Common. The prevalence of Jumper’s Knee in jumping sports like Basketball and Volleyball is profound, affecting
  • Irreversibility. Many athletes that develop Jumper’s Knee will never completely resolve their symptoms.
  • Poor Performance. Studies have shown Jumper’s Knee to decrease performance – 30% decreased landing control [1],
  • Increased Injury Risk.
  • Relationship with Ankle Mobility.
  • Higher Training Volume is associated with increased injury rates.  Playing hours and training hours beyond 12 hours / week
  • Surface Impact.

This does not have to be the case.


The JUMPER’S KNEE PROJECT represents three methods you and your organization can engage in with FITS to reduce the incidence and severity of Jumper’s Knee in your athletes. Here are the methods:

NUMBER 1: Presentation

1. Set up a Presentation for your team and organization, either @ FITS or @ your facility – simply give us a call or email us.

In this workshop, the FITS Team will take athletes, parents and coaches through 5 critical concepts that can help athletes prevent Jumper’s Knee and other common injuries related to motor control. Following the talk, attendees will be put through a workshop that will provide them with practical, hands-on instruction on how to perform key exercises that will help prevent Jumper’s Knee.


Patellar Tendinopathy

NUMBER 2: Education and Resources

  • Visit our blog at for information about Jumper’s Knee and methods to prevent Sport Injuries
  • VISA Jumper’s Knee Severity Index – This free online tool has been posted on our website and it will give you an indication of the severity of your Jumper’s Knee that has been scientifically validated*


Patellar Tendinopathy

NUMBER 3: Therapy Referral

Therapy Referral to FITS

  • We have two great locations (Toronto and Oakville) to serve your needs.
  • Our approach to Jumper’s Knee focuses on motor control once we are able to manage symptoms through load modification and physiological modalities (i.e. US, laser, electrical, ART, Graston, etc.). Our approach to develop movement control is unparalleled.

For coaches and organizations that refer into our clinic for Jumper’s Knee, we will provide the referring coach and the athlete’s family physician the following correspondence:

  • FITS Jumper’s Knee Report of Findings
  • Recommendations on how to modify practices to promote healing

Together we can greatly reduce the prevalence and severity of Jumper’s Knee. This effort needs a systematic approach in which coaches are the first line of defence.

Be an advocate for sports safety! Help us spread the word about this valuable resource – better yet, set-up a presentation date. If you have any suggestions on how we can spread the word, please don’t hesitate to call.

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Physioedge Podcast with world renowned Tendinopathy researcher Jill Cook

“What causes tendon breakdown? What are the stages of tendinopathy, and how do they effect your treatment? Is treatment just about eccentric training? When should NSAID’s be used?”

  • Factors that contribute to tendinopathy beyond biomechanics
  • Eccentrics – what the future of training to rebuild tendons is
  • Return to sport or running after tendinopathy
  • Avoiding tendinopathy
  • Treatment at each stage of tendinopathy
  • Rehab for achilles tendinopathy
  • Rehab for hamstring tendinopathy

BJSM Podcast with Jill Cook

VISA Score: An index of severity of symptoms in patients with Jumper’s Knee (Patellar Tendinosis) – FITS developed tool where we’ll send you a report highlighting the severity of the Jumper’s Knee symptoms.


(will be continually updated)

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