Tibial Tubercle Avulsion Fracture

Avulsion of the tibial tubercle occurs when the traction on the patellar tendon exceeds the strength of the tibial tubercle. The majority of tibial tubercle avulsions occur in adolescents during jumping sports, particularly due to an eccentric load to the patellar tendon during landing. Tibial tuberosity fractures have been reported almost exclusively in males.


The patellofemoral joint is the articulation of the femur (thighbone) and the patella (kneecap). The patella is a sesamoid (floating) bone within a large thick tendon. Above the ...

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