rehabilitation of a quad strain is very important.
Rehab begins immediately after the injury occurs: utilize the RICE
principle; Rest, Ice, Compression,
and Elevation. Ice and Compression
are the most important in reducing muscle spasms, pain, and
swelling. An effort to curtail immediate swelling will assist the
athlete in returning to competition sooner.
If the athlete consults a physician, anti-inflammatory and muscle
relaxant medication may be prescribed for this injury.
stretching should be utilized immediately post injury.
This will help reduce muscle spasms and make stretching more beneficial
in the days to come. Utilize
standard quad stretching techniques with the hip flexed and extended.
These should be performed with at 10 second hold of the stretch, repeated
three to five times daily.
early rehab techniques used is called Quad Sets.
These are simply an isometric contraction of the muscle.
The athlete tries to make the muscle flex and hold
for 10 seconds, repeating 30 - 60 times, three to five times daily.
Strengthening of the injured muscle should be begun 2 to 7 days post-injury, depending upon the severity. These exercises include:
Interval training on a stationary bicycle should also be utilized at this
this phase of the injury electrical muscle stimulation, and/or ultrasound can be
used. It is important that the
swelling be controlled prior to use of these modalities.
Using ultrasound too early can result in increased bleeding and a longer
recovery time. Also, these
modalities should be performed only by an Athletic Trainer or other qualified
Five (5) to 12 days post-injury the third phase of the rehab can begin. This phase should start when the previous exercises can be performed with little or no discomfort. This is a more functional phase and provides a transition from the basic exercises to return to competition. These exercises include:
These are not all of the advanced exercises that can used, please try to
make these drills sport specific.
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