Overcoming Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Is knee pain impacting your athlete’s performance or keeping them out of the game? It could be due to Osgood-Schlatter Disease, an overuse injury common among athletes who participate in field and court sports. While the name may seem intimidating, learn how this condition is diagnosed and treated, allowing athletes to get back on the field where they belong!


Osgood-Schlatter Disease is caused by the pulling of the patellar tendon on the growth plate of the tibial tuberosity.


  • Direct pain and/or swelling over the “bump” on the bottom of the knee below the knee cap, called the tibial tuberosity
  • Pain at the tibial tuberosity that worsens with physical activity or during sport


  • A period of complete rest (the amount of time depending on several variables)
  • Active rest or training modifications
  • Physical Therapy, specifically in cases requiring an extended period of rest or activity modification
  • Utilizing an ice pack 10-20 minutes after activity, or ice massage up to 7 min after activity and up to 3-5 times throughout the day to help manage pain
  • Improving techniques and training habits
  • Incorporating flexibility programs into the athlete’s exercise routine
  • Anti-inflammatory medications (if recommended by a physician)

Source: STOP Sports Injuries

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