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Pulled quad muscle

08/28/2008

Question:

I have been running for a few months and have just recently decided to do interval sprinting/walking into my program. After the 2nd day of sprinting I pulled my quad muscle. I have done ice and some rest(about 1 week). I can run again but the pain is still there when I sprint. Is there something else I should be doing to fix this quad muscle?

Answer:

A strained muscle (commonly referred to as a "pull") may take several weeks to heal. Ice and gentle stretching are always a good guide for treatment. If you are noticing pain with sprinting, do less explosive activities like jogging or bike until you are pain-free. Gradually increase into sprinting with 50% effort, the 75%, etc. If the pain persists, you should follow-up with your health care professional.

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Response by:

Angela Justina Beisner, MA, AC Angela Justina Beisner, MA, AC
Athletic Trainer
Department of Athletics Instructor
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University