13 Mar KICKING those QUAD tears
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You get to training early and feel like having a kick… without warming up, you start off punting the footy back and forth with a teammate over about 20 metres…As your confidence increases and you feel a little more ‘warm’ you start kicking longer and harder, when …ping! You get a sharp stabbing pain in the middle of your thigh!
The quadriceps (thigh) group consists of four muscles that run from your hip or upper thigh, down over your knee and attach onto your shinbone. Their primary function is to extend (straighten) the knee and flex (bend) the hip.
Rectus Femoris is the most commonly injured quadricep muscle as it crosses both the hip joint and the knee. The most frequent mechanisms of injury are kicking actions (as the muscle rapidly goes from a lengthened to shortened position), jumping and in some cases sprinting. Therefore athletes that play sports such as soccer, AFL and rugby are most at risk.
If you sustain a quad tear the RICE & NO HARM principles should be applied immediately, as discussed in our muscle tear blog. Physiotherapy treatment can be started on the day of the injury, with a focus on firstly restoring range of motion, then strength, before moving on to sport specific rehabilitation, with a focus on preventing a recurrence.
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