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quads pain

Published: 05 Jul 2007 - 06:55 by aprice1985

Updated: 19 Dec 2008 - 12:39

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Recently i have been having pain in my right quadriceps after playing, it is only present when/after i play sqaush and i was wondering if anyone else has suffered from this and has any solution to it or advice.  Also any exercises and streches that may help

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From rippa rit - 05 Jul 2007 - 19:04   -   Updated: 19 Dec 2008 - 12:39

aprice - the best way is to try to get both legs to take the weight so you are standing balanced and parallel to the side wall when driving down the wall.  I suggest:

  • Keep changing training routines around as this sounds like a repetitive strain and can happen when:
    • same action or movement/stroke without a break;
    • moving in the same direction using same leg/foot to push off;
    • using the same leg all the time irrespective of court positioning.
  • When you are training, stop every now and then and take a look at what joints and muscles are bearing the main load.
  • Ghosting is still the best way to get rhythm in your movement and swing.
  • You don't have to go to the courts, just make an area that will give you about 2 or three steps to move, and practice movement in all kinds of patterns, paying attention to your footwork, and then speed up and use your racket to swing when you can feel fluent weight transfer and recovery.
  • Take long strides, have a stable base of support (so you feel balanced on either leg), visualise the ball being about as high as your knee when swinging.

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From aprice1985 - 05 Jul 2007 - 07:43

The right probably is dominant as i play a lot down the backhand in the conventional method leading with the right leg but often step in to volley short balls on the forehand also using the right leg.  How best do i prevent this/reduce it by exercises or changing the way i play.

Also any thoughts on treatment, obviously early ice/cold is good and i have cold spray and ice paks but what about heat therapy, i have tried some heat sprays but whe should this be used does anyone know.  How soon after an injury and for how long?

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From rippa rit - 05 Jul 2007 - 07:11   -   Updated: 05 Jul 2007 - 07:13

aprice - sounds as though you are using that leg to do most of the weight transfer and takeoff.
Take notice if the right leg is the dominant leg.  For a right hander it is usually the left leg that builds up more strength over time and is used predominantly.

Quad stretches before and after play should help.   It sounds like an overuse thing to me.

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