A quadriceps strain is a tears muscle fibers in one of the four quadriceps muscle, most commonly in the rectus femoris. This injury occurs with explosive contraction of the muscle, often when trying to change directions, jumping, or taking off to run. Quad injury is graded one to three scale, with grade one strains being the least severe, and grade three being the worst.
A rupture (tear) of the tendon is often caused by weakness of the quad muscle, and may be due to diminished circulation in the area. Treatment for complete quad tendon ruptures must be surgical to restore function, and are usually season ending injuries for an NBA athlete.
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Injuries to the torn quad can be very disabling. They can cause significant loss of time from sport and work. If not treated appropriately, these injuries can have many negative long-term sequelae, however if diagnosed quickly and treated appropriately, one can expect a full recovery from a quadriceps tendon rupture.
Quadriceps Strength. Another common basketball injury is patellar tendinopathy, or better known as jumper’s knee. It is usually an overuse injury due to excessive jumping and lack of quadriceps strength. One of our favorite exercises that we use to help decrease the risk for patellar tendinopathy is the Spanish squat.
Other types of quadriceps injuries include strains of the quadriceps tendon, complete and partial tears of the quadriceps tendon, and fascial rupture of the quadriceps muscle. Specific areas of the...
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Patellar tendonitis in basketball players. Patellar tendonitis is a common overuse injury in basketball that affects the tendon connecting the kneecap (patella) to the shin bone. The patellar tendon, along with the quadriceps muscle and tendon, provides the strength for straightening out the knee.
This injury is common in football, basketball, soccer, running and baseball. Sudden twists can also cause a tear in the quads, but other factors like muscle fatigue, tightness and muscle imbalance...
Quadriceps Injury Symptoms & Signs. Signs and symptoms of quadriceps injury depend upon the type of injury and its severity. Other associated injuries such as skin injury or bone fractures may be present. Symptoms and signs can include. thigh pain, cramping, bruising or discoloration, tenderness, and a; popping or tearing sensation in the thigh muscles.