Do faulty biomechanics really cause patellofemoral pain?

cited authors

  • Bazett-Jones, David M


  • Patellofemoral pain (PFP) is one of the most common injuries seen in athletes. There are multiple biomechanical factors that are thought to increase the risk of developing PFP, including increased dynamic knee valgus, increased pronation, hip muscle weakness, increased q-angle, workload exceeding capacity and decreased hamstring flexibility. The evidence that these are indeed risk factors for PFP is lacking; however, athletic trainers continue to consider these factors as indicative of PFP risk. We will present athletic trainers with the best evidence on the biomechanical risk factors for patellofemoral pain. We will also help athletic trainers understand their ability to assess these evidence-based risk factors clinically and provide the evidence for the effectiveness of programs addressing risk reduction of biomechanical factors. Presented to a full room with standing room only.

publication date

  • 2022