Online Course
Patellar Tendinopathy
Pathology, clinical presentation and evidence based treatments for patellar tendinopathy

1-2 hours





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UPDATE: This course has been replaced by the Managing Tendon Pain Programme. Please follow this link to start the courses in the Managing Tendon Pain Programme.

Patellar tendinopathy is characterised by localised anterior pain and is related to an increase load on the knee extensor muscles. Treatment should be individualised to each patient and their activities. Current practice range from passive therapy, eccentric exercises alone, and isometric exercises. It is important as a clinician to understand the pathology and the evidence based practice for rehabilitating a person with patellar tendinopathy. The course will provide you with an overview of the pathology and different stages of tendinopathy. The clinical presentation, and the medical and physical therapy management of patellar tendinopathy will be discussed.


The course aims to provide you with information about the pathology and different stages of tendinopathy as well as the clinical presentation and evidence based treatment for patellar tendinopathy.


The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video of an interview with Prof. Jill Cook
  2. Reading activities
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.5 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe the 3 stages of tendon pathology
  • identify 6 clinical presentations of patellar tendinopathy
  • design an appropriate evidence based management strategy for an individual with patellar tendinopathy based on a case scenario


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
Just immediately I started this course, I was presented with a case of Patella Tendinopathy (Reactive Tendinopathy). I managed the case appropriately using Isometric exercise and later isotonic exercise as the patient could bear. Voila!!! the pain was gone completely in 5 days. As against resting the leg and using only ice packs before progressively loading the leg (this takes 2-3 weeks for the leg to recover). Thank you to Physioplus community for providing such a enlightening course. I am already recommending the course to my colleagues.
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