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Doctor insights on: Benefits Of Quad Muscle Exercises

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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What are good exercises for strengthening quad muscles?

What are good exercises for strengthening quad muscles?

Quad exercises: The muscles of the quadriceps femoris include the rectus femoris and the three vastus muscles (medius, intermedius, and lateralis). They primary function to help extend the knee, but the rectus also helps flex the hip. Exercises that strengthen the quads include leg extensors, squats, lunges and leg presses. Cardio exercises that condition the quads include running, cycling, and stair climbing. ...Read more

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Did sprints 10 days ago in the cold. Still feel soreness (continue to exercise daily). Did i strain my quad muscles? How long will i be sore?

Did sprints 10 days ago in the cold. Still feel soreness (continue to exercise daily). Did i strain my quad muscles? How long will i be sore?

Probably: If you did sprints and now feel discomfort in your quads w/ walking and esp.Stairclimbing than you did. Muscle strains( depending on severity) of the quads in your age group can take 2-6 weeks to heal.Best to avoid sprinting or fast jogging for ~4-6 wks to avoid re- injury. Gl! ...Read more

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I want to gain the muscle back in my quads, what can I do?

I want to gain the muscle back in my quads, what can I do?

Exercise: The best way to gain muscle in your quads is to exercise them. Walking, running, biking, swimming would help. You can also do weight work on your quads if you go to a gym with machines. ...Read more

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I think I pulled my quad muscle?

I think I pulled my quad muscle?

Rest: If you acutely pulled the muscle then the best treatment would be ice, rest, and an anti-inflammatory drug. Then after a few days i suggest switching to heat and to do some gentle stretching. ...Read more

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Is the quad muscle the biggest muscle?

Is the quad muscle the biggest muscle?

Erector spinae.: Remember, the quadriceps is a muscle group. I believe the biggest and thickest muscle in the body is the erector spinae - you have one on each side of the spine. ...Read more

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When i try to engage my l quad muscle, wont engage. Been problem for a while. R weakly engages. Hamstrings do engage though. Why is this?

When i try to engage my l quad muscle, wont engage. Been problem for a while. R weakly engages. Hamstrings do engage though.  Why is this?

Engage ?: Do you mean contract the quads ? This is an unusual complaint... If your quads is not contracting normally because of a recent injury or no injury see your physician for evaluation . If it is not" engaging" because you haven't worked your quads in a while start doing some straight leg raises, ex. Bike or leg press to get it' going'. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to work out flexor muscle for bigger quads?

How to work out flexor muscle for bigger quads?

Stair climbing: The psoas and quadriceps (rectus femoris) are your strongest hip flexor muscles. Simple stair climbing whereby you lift your leg against gravity and move vertically constitutes real work and recruits all hip flexors to generate force and increase stregth and endurance. Similarily, leg extensions in the gym also work the rectus femoris (knee extensor and hip flexor). These are just 2 of many. ...Read more

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Is it better to use heat or ice for a quad muscle injury?

Muscle injury. : Acute stage, usually with 24 hours or slightly more, use ice pad. After acute stage, use warm pad. ...Read more

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My quad muscle (upper thigh?) has a 2cm by 4cm dint in it. Like its collapsed? No injurys previously. Numb to touch. Nerves dropped?

Are you sure it is: In the muscle? Or maybe more superficial, in the subcutaneous tissue? Doesn't sound serious, unless there is weakness in the leg. If it is loss of sensation, its is nerve to the skin of the area that is affected. A small area is of little significance, unless you have other symptoms. ...Read more

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Exercise (Definition)

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