Quadriceps strain

Quadriceps strain


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Quadriceps strain

A quadriceps strain is a condition that is frequently seen in kicking and running sports and is characterized by partial or complete tearing of the quadriceps muscle located at the front of the thigh.
The large muscle group at the front of your thigh is called the quadriceps. The quadriceps comprises of 4 muscle bellies which originate from the pelvis and thigh bone (femur) and attach to the shin bone (tibia) via the knee cap (patella). They are: Rectus femoris, Vastus medialis, Vastus lateralis, Vastus intermedius.

The quadriceps is responsible for straightening the knee during activity and controlling knee and hip movements and is particularly active during sprinting, jumping, hopping or kicking. Whenever the quadriceps muscle contracts or is put under stretch, tension is placed through the quadriceps muscle fibres. When this tension is excessive due to too much repetition or high force, the quadriceps muscle fibres may be torn. When one or more parts of the quadriceps muscle tear, the condition is known as a quadriceps strain. The rectus femoris is the most commonly affected muscle belly in a quadriceps strain.

Causes of a quadriceps strain
Quadriceps strains most commonly occur due to a sudden contraction of the quadriceps muscle (particularly when the muscle is on stretch – e.g. kicking). They often occur during sprinting, jumping, hopping or kicking activities. This is particularly so during explosive acceleration (e.g. sprinting), when a footballer is kicking on the run or performs a long kick, or, following an inadequate warm-up. Quadriceps tears are commonly seen in running sports such as football and athletics.
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