New insight on whether “runner’s knee” may be preventable can help you support clients who are struggling with this condition.

Australian and Dutch researchers reviewed 13 research trials with various interventions. The review found “low-certainty” evidence that either wearing patellofemoral braces or retraining running technique (to run more “softly”) could reduce the risk of incurring patellofemoral pain by 60%–79%.

Interventions that did not significantly reduce patellofemoral pain risk included strengthening and neuromuscular exercise programs, foot orthotics, static stretching, and a progressive running program.

The research is reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (2020; doi:10.1136/bjsports-2020-102973).

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