Injuries to muscles on the front of the thigh (quadriceps) and the back of the thigh (hamstrings) are not uncommon in all levels of sport and exercise.
Damage to the quadriceps is generally caused by trauma (as we normally travel forwards and these big muscles are the ones that get hit first) and involves bruising and ‘dead-leg’ type pain. This occurs as an outside force squashes the muscle against the bone, resulting in damage to the muscle, blood vessels and nerve endings. Muscle tears are less common in the quadriceps but do occur.
The hamstrings are more likely to suffer muscle tears as they are the muscles that provide power for sudden acceleration and speed. They can be overloaded very easily if they are not warmed up sufficiently or are fatigued. Hamstring tears usually occur in the middle of the muscle when the muscle fibres are stretched forcefully, as happens during running or kicking.
As with any soft tissue injury, ice therapy can be used in the first instance to reduce the swelling and pain.
When it comes to rehabilitation and prevention of injury Active650 Thigh Supports are second to none. Providing warmth and increased blood flow to the thigh muscles, healing can be improved and pre-exercise warm-up made more effective.