Do you or your clients have knee pain? Are you curious about the knee rehab process and how to start rebuilding strength after an injury? You’ll definitely want to tune into this one! In this episode of the David Grey Rehab Podcast, I welcome Jake Tuura, a strength and conditioning coach with tons of expertise and experience with knee pain and Patellar Tendinopathy, also known as Jumper’s Knee.

Tune in as we talk about methods of rehabbing Patellar Tendinopathy and dealing with knee pain, how much pain is okay to train through, how you should progress through the rehab process, exercise selection, isometrics and biomechanics, and much more!

You’ll gain a lot of insight from this episode, especially if you experience knee pain or if you work with people in pain! Even if you just have a painless knee or two, I’m sure you’ll find this episode very insightful.

Why force your body to do something that it doesn’t want to do?”, Jake Tuura


Episode Timeline | What You’ll Learn:

00:00 – Introducing Jake Tuura & The topics of today’s episode

04:52 – Why developing courses is Jake’s big struggle as a coach

07:35 – Jake’s experience with knee pain and Patellar Tendon rehab

10:12 – The power of using a training log to find the root of your pain

13:40 – Long vs. Short Penultimate & Overcoming muscle slack

16:19 – Tendinopathy myths to be aware of

17:31 – Squatting with vertical shins & Is it okay to push through pain and discomfort while training?

22:16 – The program Jake went through to heal his Patellar Tendinopathy & Does glute activation heal chronic knee pain?

25:41 – The biomechanics mindset vs. The load tolerance mindset

32:52 – The end goal of tendon rehab… Does it decrease pain and improve function?

35:25 – Best way to start healing tendon issues: The 4-stage process

41:01 – Yielding tendons in lengthening and leg extensions & Why people fail in tendon rehab programs

45:44 – Building athletes back up to jumping after knee injuries

52:17 – What do you not agree with now that you would’ve done when you were a young strength coach?

56:37 – If you had a tendon issue and you knew nothing, what would you do, who would you go to?

1:04:40 – Do you use sandbags on your hips?

1:10:39 – What Jake’s excited about right now

1:12:11 – Patellofemoral pain is a pressure issue… true or false?

1:15:40 – Which 3 coaches would you bring to a deserted island?


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Resources Mentioned:

Listen to the Jacked Athlete Podcast

Jacked Athlete Podcast Ep #58 with Enda King

Listen to Ep #9 with Jamie Smith of Melbourne Strength Culture

Game Changer by Fergus Connolly

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Jake Tuura is an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Youngstown State University. Since 2009, he has been obsessed with human performance and muscle gain. His blog is where he organizes his and others’ thoughts on training methods, rants about the industry’s stupidity, and provides his take on how to actually go about getting jacked while optimizing athleticism.

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