Let’s start off with a definition. Osgood-Schlatter is a painful swelling of the bump on the upper part of the shinbone, just below the knee. This bump is called the anterior tibial tubercle (PubMedHealth). Osgood-Schlatter disease is thought to be caused by small injuries due to repeated overuse before the knee area is finished growing. The quadriceps muscle is a large, strong muscle on the front part of the upper leg. When this muscle squeezes (contracts), it straightens the knee. The quadriceps muscle is an important muscle for running, jumping, and climbing. When the quadriceps muscle is used a lot in sports activities during a child’s growth spurt, this area becomes irritated or swollen and causes pain.
That being said, I have had this condition since growing up, and learned to live with it. In middle and high school I played 3 sports (football, basketball, & baseball) which lead to this condition most probably. This is what probably kept me from running until 2010. However, I have found that with proper running form I have not had much issue with it. In fact, it has only flared up a couple of times since running. Over the past few weeks it has started to bother me a little bit. I half marathon this weekend, so I wanted to see what I could do to minimize the condition this week to help me with the race, since I want to go for a sub 1:50 (current PR is 1:52:52).
Enter KT Tape. I was researching their website and wonderful instructional videos, and they actually having a taping concept for Osgood Schlatter. It is simple and makes since. I taped it up last night and will do a 4 mile training run today to try it out. If all goes well, I may be using this on Sunday to hopefully reduce any complications to help me set my next PR!
I think we did a good job of replicating the tape job from the video!
I hope this will help any others out there that might be experiencing this condition.