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Benefits Of Workouts To Strengthen Quads
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
Need a coach to help: In general squats will strengthen the quads. There is more to increasing the vertical jump then just strengthening the muscle. To lift a weight the muscle develops force slowly ( over about 0.5 seconds ) but a jump is more about explosive force were force is developed rapidly. There are a number of training exercises in which this is practiced, because of injury risk should work with a coach. ...Read more
Quad strengthening: Straight leg raises will work the quads without putting weight on your injured foot. You can gradually increase resistance by adding ankle weights. Remember to bend the knee of the opposite leg while you are doing the straight leg raise with the other leg. ...Read more
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
See Physical Therapy: seeing a physical therapist would be the best thing to do to get specific recommendations for the type of injury you had. See your primary care doc for a referral. One thing that's worked for me personally is one-legged squats. Start off standing on one foot with the other bent behind you for balance, squat down keeping the knee above the toe then extend back up. Go down as far as you can tolerate ...Read more
Does patella tendonitis go away if you strengthen your quad muscles? Or is it there for life? Son 18 is go in military needs to know what to expect ?
Gets better: With the proper treatment, tendonitis gets better. If he is doing something in particular, playing catcher baseball etc, he should rest from anything that is hurting for a month or so. Sometimes a plica can cause patella tendonitis problems or a small bone (ossicle) at the tuberosity. Sometimes surgery is necessary. 18 year olds should not have chronic knee pain. ...Read more
Does wearing a knee brace interfere with strengthening the quads? What is the best brace for stabilizing the knee in particular maltracking?
Most likely Not, as: One can play sports in them without any major problems. For maltracking, a patellar brace with a doughnut, to stabilize the patella, is very useful. ...Read more
My inner thighs are alot more sore than my quads hams and calf do i need to change my workout or intensity or amount of weight to activate entire leg?
Likely: From my personal experience, I rotate my workout with different muscle groups on the Eliptical regularly just to avoid straining a particular muscle group too much. From a practical point of view, why not just change your routine and/or intensity for a week to get the answer you need? One can hypothesize all one wants, but nothing beats real experience. ...Read more
I had ACL and MCL reconstructive surgery 9 months ago. I'm 25 and workout daily, so I can I continue to do leg extensions to build my quads?
I'm bone on bone in the kneecap. need a TKR in the future. Can going to a PT clinic to have PT to strengthen quads help delay TKR 6 months to 1 yr?
Patellar wear: Recent data confirms the value of strengthening the muscles of our thighs and calves prior to knee arthroplasty. This is especially true for patients with marked wear of their knee cap. The stronger we make our quads , the less the force which is transmitted to the worn bone and hence the slower the amount of wear. ...Read more
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