Risk Factors and Prevention of Anterior Knee Pain

  • Erik Witvrouw
  • Damien Van Tiggelen
  • Tine Willems


Anterior knee pain is known as a very common problem in the sporting population.1,5,15,16,30 Many of the patients with anterior knee pain need conservative treatment to be able to return to sport or their daily activities. On the other hand, because of this high incidence of anterior knee pain, prevention of this pathology has been an important goal for many sports medicine practitioners for some years. However, before a scientific approach in planning and carrying out prevention and treatment of anterior knee pain can be set up, a thorough understanding of the etiology of anterior knee pain seems essential. This understanding refers to information on why a particular individual develops anterior knee pain and another individual, exposed to more or less the same exercise load, does not. In addition, it seems important to understand why some patients benefit from a treatment program while others do not, or not as well. To answer these important issues, risk factors for the development of anterior knee pain need to be identified.


Anterior Knee Pain Patellofemoral Joint Quadriceps Strength Vastus Medialis Obliquus Quadriceps Muscle Strength 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erik Witvrouw
    • 1
  • Damien Van Tiggelen
    • 1
  • Tine Willems
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physical Therapy, Faculty of MedicineGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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