In our Jumpin’ June series of videos, we are featuring motions and movements most used from the volleyball court.
Today we focus on the knee joint and its importance in the jumping motion. More specifically, where the quadriceps muscle attaches just below the knee joint, called the patellar tendon. During sports repetitive, high-power activities such as jumping can cause increased strain to this structure.
Whether spiking the ball or going up for a block, it is of the utmost importance to perform a jump correctly. This will help to limit the amount of abnormal strain put on the patella tendon and decrease the likelihood of developing issues such as tendonitis. Here are a few tips to adhere to when setting up a block:
When squatting down, ensure that you set your hips back. This will allow your gluteal muscles to engage and decrease stress on the quadriceps.
2. Push your hips forward and drive upward while reaching your arms overhead.
3. When landing, make sure it is “soft”. Ensure that your knees do not go too far forward past your toes, and ensure your knees do not collapse inward.
If you or someone you know struggles with knee pain or patellar tendonitis, call BRPT-Lake to schedule an initial evaluation to start your journey to become Better than your Best!