Misdiagnosis: Tendinitis by Jen Sinkler

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“Though I’d felt a small flutter for at least a month, I felt a twinge of real pain in my left knee during an indoor practice at a small, local college in Bethlehem, Pa., in 2003. The U.S. women’s national 7s team had gathered together from across the country for a week of practice before our annual excursion to the Hong Kong 7s, our third international tournament that year. It was still only March, however, and the weather outside wasn’t cooperating, which is how we found ourselves practicing our plays on the sticky rubber flooring of a gymnasium. As we worked on our change of direction and running lines, that twinge quickly escalated to a full-blown “Holy hell, is someone stabbing my knee with an ice pick??!” I clearly recall staring down at my kneecap, thinking something must surely be sticking out of it.

And that’s the way it went, for months and months afterward. Upon arriving home post-tournament, I was diagnosed with tendinitis, so I diligently attended physical therapy appointments, where my doc administered ultrasound treatments. I iced my knee with an array of bagged frozen vegetables multiple times a day, I started popping prescription anti-inflammatories, and I rested. Nothing helped.

Wanna know why? I didn’t really have tendinitis.

“Underdiagnosis of tendinosis is a trend,” says Gregory Kowal, PT, DPT, CSCS, a physical therapist currently practicing in Philadelphia, Pa. What’s more, many cases universally assumed to be tendinITIS are, in fact, tendinOSIS injuries instead. ” –Jen Sinkler

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Monday WOD


1×10 – 70%

1x 8 – 75%

1x 6 – 80%

1x 4 reps-85%

1×2 – 90%


Rest 2 minutes between sets.


4 rounds

5 deadlifts (60-70%1RM)

10 box jumps

30 sec DUs

Rest 1 min between



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