The quadriceps muscles consist of the vastus lateralis, vastus medialis, vastus intermedius and the rectus femoris. Any of these muscles can strain (or tear) but probably the most common is the rectus femoris. A strain is a tear in the muscle. If you have had a direct impact to the muscle then you should treat it as a contusionMuscle strains are graded 1, 2 or 3 depending on the severity of the damage done. It is important you understand what damage has been done so you can treat the injury correctly.
·Tightness in the thigh.
·Unable to walk properly.
·Probably not much swelling.
· Trying to straighten the knee against resistance probably won’t produce much pain (unlike a grade 2 or 3).
·Probably cannot walk properly.
·Occasional sudden twinges of pain during activity.
·The athlete may notice swelling.
·Pressing on the muscle causes pain.
· Straightening the knee against resistance causes pain
·Unable to fully bend the knee.
·Unable to walk properly without the aid of crutches.
·In severe pain.
·Bad swelling appearing immediately.
· A static contraction will be painful and might produce a bulge in the muscle.
· Expect to be out of competition for 3 to twelve weeks.
Ice, compress, elevate, use crutches for 3 to 5 days.
Wear a heat retainer or support.
Prescribe a rehabilitation programme and monitor it.
Sports specific training
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