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Table 2 Exercises program - phases III and IV

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

Phase (weeks)ExercisesWeightSeries
III (5th–6th weeks)
4 sessions
Gluteal Muscles - Fire HydrantIntermediary elastic resistance (purple)Isotonic - 3 × 12
Gluteal Muscles - Clam ShellIntermediary elastic resistance (purple)Isotonic - 3 × 12
Gluteus Medius - Lateral straight leg raise2,0 kg (5th wk)
2,5 kg (6th wk)
Isotonic - 3 × 12
Quadriceps 1 - Unilateral Leg Extension Machine
Isometric ROM → 60° flexion
Isotonic ROM → 10°-60° flexion
90% of MVIC (adjusted for both lower limbs)Mixed - isometric 1 × 45” + isotonic 3 × 12
Quadriceps 4 - Single Leg Decline Squat
*only eccentric phase
Body weightIsotonic - 3 × 12
Quadriceps 5 - Walk Lunge10 kg (5 kg in each hand)3 × 10 steps
Triceps Surae - Step Bipodal Heel Elevation6 kg (diving belt weight)Isotonic - 3 × 15
IV (7th–8th weeks)
4 sessions
Gluteal Muscles - Fire HydrantIntermediary elastic resistance (gray)Isotonic - 3 × 10
Gluteal Muscles - Clam ShellIntermediary elastic resistance (gray)Isotonic - 3 × 10
Gluteus Medius - Lateral straight leg raise3,0 kgIsotonic - 3 × 10
Quadriceps 1 - Unilateral Leg Extension Machine
Isometric ROM → 60° flexion
Isotonic ROM → 10°-60° flexion
100% of MVIC (adjusted for both lower limbs)Mixed - isometric 1 × 45” + isotonic 3 × 10
Quadriceps 4 - Single Leg Decline Squat
*only eccentric phase
Body weightIsotonic - 3 × 15
Quadriceps 5 - Walk Lunge10 kg (5 kg in each hand)3 × 10 steps
Triceps Surae - Step Unipodal Heel Elevation8 kg (diving belt weight)Isotonic - 3 × 15
  1. wk week; ROM Range of motion; MVIC Maximal voluntary isometric contractions
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