Physical load, volume and intensity

Quantification of the volume, frequency and intensity of load that a patient is imposing on their patellofemoral joint should form an integral part of the subjective assessment. Questioning should be directly related to the patient’s training, activity and playing habits to gain insight into the role of these variables on symptom development and/or persistence.

In this section, you will find information about how to handle this subject with a patient with patellofemoral pain.

Here we provided some questions you may ask to a patient with patellofemoral pain in order to obtain information related to their usual levels, volume and intensity of physical activity.


  • “Tell me about your physical activity habits. How many times and for how long do you exercise weekly?”
  • “What type of exercise do you do?”
  • “How do you think that significant increase, compared with your normal exercise volumes, affected your knee pain?”
  • “What do you usually do when you feel an increase of knee pain while exercising?”


Besides these questions, therapists could use the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) to assess the level of physical activity performed by the patients in the previous week. Access through the link below.


See the short video below to get some tips on how you can approach a patient with patellofemoral pain about physical activity loads, volume and intensity.



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Further details on load management, design of resistance training and more about exercise prescription can be found at: