Although Jumper’s Knee Solution encompasses my 20+ years of experience and Master’s Degree in Exercise Science, the basic blueprint of this program began with a German foreign exchange student named Matthaeus.
He was a regular at this gym where I worked at the time.
Matthaeus was determined to make his high school basketball team.
To his credit, he had a few things working towards his advantage:
- He was tall (almost lanky) for his age.
- He could shoot pretty well from within the three-point line.
That said, he did have one flaw to his game.
Matthaeus was a turnover waiting to happen.
He wasn’t good at dribbling the ball (or even catching it for that matter).
Sometimes he looked really awkward out there.
He definitely had potential… but lacked any extra time to practice or catch up.
Matthaeus was only in the country for one school year, and basketball tryouts were just a couple months away. Thankfully, he seemed to have a great group of classmates who included him in all of their pickup games.
I noticed his wide grin and wiry frame on the court almost everyday after school.
Until one day, he wasn’t there… and then another.
His host family scheduled an appointment for him about a week later.
Apparently, they saw him limping around the house. Matthaeus insisted it was nothing, but despite his best objections, he still saw the family doctor for a Jumper’s Knee diagnosis.
The doctor suggested a couple months of rest, and Matthaeus immediately objected. He wanted to work through his knee discomfort and still get ready for tryouts, so the doctor told him to see me first.
His host mother was very concerned about re-injury and making things worse.
During our first appointment, we sat down to get his background information. I had him stretch his leg, knee and foot to find which movements hurt more than others. That gave us a standard for his injury, range-of-motion and potential improvement.
Matthaeus really committed himself to the program. At the end of our very first appointment, he asked for additional exercises… Things he could do at home.
I was surprised at his desire to push forward so quickly, but I wanted to encourage his enthusiasm - although I worried about hurting his knee again.
Every week I would see Matthaeus.
Every week his injured knee got stronger.
Every week I would send him home with additional exercises.
And every week he got better on the basketball court too.
Best of all, the knee pain started to stay away.
The young man inspired me to find better stretches, exercises and overall strategies. I dove headfirst into more and more research.
I wanted to find the best plan for Matthaeus.
Most importantly, I needed to ensure his knee wasn’t pushed too far. That's why I scoured for the most scientific methods to overcome Jumper’s Knee.
During my research, I isolated 10 specific components that need to be addressed for healthy knee recovery.
That’s what kept Matthaeus’s knee in the game.
And it eventually got him on the team.
We were alI so proud of him.
Over the years, I have adapted, updated and evolved this program into the current Jumper’s Knee Solution. It has helped countless individuals who are suffering, and I have personally used it for a return to the volleyball court.
I continue to update this program with all the best research and up-to-date techniques, but the original roots of this began with Matthaeus.
And his groundwork has helped so many others too.