How do you Get Osgood Schlatters Disease?
The condition was first documented (as a disease) back in 1903 but since then there has been no research published, to investigate the causes. However there have been numerous studies which focus on sufferers.
Osgood Schlatters usually occurs in active children, usually male, and often during their second growth spurt.
It rarely occurs in those who are not very active, children before their growth spurts, and adults.
Intensity of sport or physical activity is thought to be a key factor. This is because a fast increase in muscle strength/girth could place too much strain on the the apophysis.
The quadriceps muscles are attached to the patella tendon. Children who take part in sports that rely on powerful contractions of the quads accentuate kicking, sprinting or jumping and swift changes of direction appear to have higher incidences of Osgood Schlatters Disease. The types of sports are soccer, gymnastics, running, netball, tennis, basketball, and dancing.