Purpose: To determine the effectiveness of an infrapatellar strap on pain reduction in participants with patellar tendinopathy. Methods: Articles were identified from PubMed, CINAHL, Medline, and SportDiscus using the string “((((patellar tendinitis OR patellar tendinopathy))) AND ((cho-pat strap OR infrapatellar strap OR compression device OR brace))) AND pain” from January 2009-January 2019, resulting in nine studies. After a review of the title and abstracts, six studies were reviewed in-depth. Of these articles, four studies met the inclusion criteria. Two independent reviewers assessed the level of evidence of included studies using the Oxford Center for Evidence-Based Medicine (2009). Changes in pain with the use of an infrapatellar strap during activity were recorded. Results: Four studies were included (LOE: 1 study=1b, 3 studies=3b). Three studies found a significant decrease in pain during jumping activities in participants wearing an infrapatellar strap, while the fourth study did not find a significant reduction in pain. Conclusion: Results indicate that an infrapatellar strap may be effective in reducing pain associated with patellar tendinopathy in participants performing jumping activities.
Toonstra, Jenny and Cripps, Andrea
"The Effectiveness of an Infrapatellar Strap on Reducing Pain Associated with Patellar Tendinopathy,"
Journal of Sports Medicine and Allied Health Sciences: Official Journal of the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association: Vol. 5:
3, Article 1.
Available at: https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/jsmahs/vol5/iss3/1