Quadricep injuries in soccer. Muscle injuries are common in soccer players. Quadriceps muscle injuries in particular are uniquely common to soccer players because of their large role in kicking and running. This can also make recovery challenging. Brian Edmonson, PT, DPT Physical Therapist. Physical therapist, Brian Edmonson shares some tips to prevent quadriceps injuries.
Soccer Player’s Quads The quadriceps are a four muscle group located on the front of the thigh. They link directly to the knee joints and muscles. Quads are crucial in running, jumping, and kicking. They’re the main contributors to generating power in kicking.
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This supports the hypothesis that professional soccer players have larger quadriceps in their non-kicking legs. This should be taken into account when examining the legs of sportsmen and women. There is much scope for further investigation into this trend, particularly as to whether it occurs in other sports, and at what level of participation this effect becomes apparent.
Because the quads control knee extension -- and thus crucial elements of running, kicking and jumping -- they tend to also be exceptionally strong in soccer players. Developed quads contribute to...
How soccer players pull their quad. Shooting and driving long passes is what is going to give the quad most trouble. This is the muscle that gives our “kick” the most power, along with your abdominal muscles [stomach]. That is why, when I teach shooting & finishing, I always am yelling for the kids to “keep your core tight.” Not only is it going to protect their quad and hips, but it will also give you a harder shot or pass.
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We reached out to Jim Liston, MEd, CSCS, former strength and conditioning coach for Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy and co-founder of Competitive Athletic Training Zone to get his tips for developing quad definition akin to a soccer pro’s. “Soccer players have large quads because the sport demands powerful leg muscles,” says Liston, “Add these exercises to your routine, and you’ll feel the effects of stronger legs after just eight sessions.”
In addition to demonstrating great glute, quad, and hamstring synergy this exercise also highlights unilateral asymmetries (being stronger on one side than the other) – a strong indicator for injury potential. The lunge position is a great overall structural indicator of the lower leg, thigh, and hip mobility/stability relationship.