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Table 1 Exercises program - phases I and II

From: High-energy dose of therapeutic ultrasound in the treatment of patellar tendinopathy: protocol of a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial

Phase (weeks)ExercisesWeightSeries
I (0-2nd weeks)
4 sessions
Gluteal Muscles - Fire HydrantIntermediary elastic resistance (green)Isometric (1st wk) - 3 × 45”
Isotonic (2nd wk) - 3 × 15
Gluteal Muscles - Clam ShellIntermediary elastic resistance (green)Isometric (1st wk) - 3 × 45”
Isotonic (2nd wk) - 3 × 15
Gluteus Medius - Lateral straight leg raiseNo extra-weight (1st wk) - lower limb weight
0,5 kg (2nd wk)
Isotonic - 3 × 15
Quadriceps 1 - Unilateral Leg Extension Machine
Isometric ROM → 60° flexion
Isotonic ROM → 10°-60° flexion
70% of MVIC (adjusted for both lower limbs)Isometric (1st wk) - 3 × 45”
Mixed (2nd wk) - isometric 1 × 45” + isotonic 3 × 15
Quadriceps 2 - bipodal Spanish Squat
ROM → 70°-90° flexion
Body weightIsometric (1st wk) - 3 × 45”
Quadriceps 3 - Unipodal Squats (sit/stand bench)Body weightIsotonic (2nd wk) - 3 × 10
Triceps Surae - Bipodal Heel ElevationBody weightIsotonic - 3 × 20
II (3rd-4th weeks)
4 sessions
Gluteal Muscles - Fire HydrantIntermediary elastic resistance (blue)Isotonic - 3 × 15
Gluteal Muscles - Clam ShellIntermediary elastic resistance (blue)Isotonic - 3 × 15
Gluteus Medius - Lateral straight leg raise1,0 kg (3rd wk)
1,5 kg (4th wk)
Isotonic - 3 × 15
Quadriceps 1 - Unilateral Leg Extension Machine
Isometric ROM → 60° flexion
Isotonic ROM → 10°-60° flexion
80% of MVIC (adjusted for both lower limbs)Mixed - isometric 1 × 45” + isotonic 3 × 15
Quadriceps 3 - Unipodal Squats (sit/stand bench)Body weightIsotonic - 3 × 12
Quadriceps 4 - Single Leg Decline Squat
*only eccentric phase
Body weightIsotonic - 3 × 10
Triceps Surae - Bipodal Heel Elevation4 kg (diving belt weight)Isotonic - 3 × 20
  1. wk week; ROM Range of motion; MVIC Maximal voluntary isometric contractions
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