Table 5

Palpation scores in asymptomatic athletes with and without ultrasonographic (US) lesions in the patellar tendon

Palpation scores
1 Not tender2 Mild 3 Moderate 4 Severe
*This represents a negative predictive value—that is, the finding of no tenderness on palpation means that there is an 80% likelihood that there is no US lesion.
†This represents a positive predictive value—that is, the likelihood that this degree of tenderness is associated with a US lesion.
US normal (n=236)11087309
US lesion (n=63)2812185
Predictive value80%*12%†38%†36%†