A thigh muscle strain (quadriceps) is quite common in sports involving sprinting, jumping or kicking. The quadriceps are located at the front of the thigh and are responsible for extending (straightening) the knee. A tear in a thigh muscle is referred to as a strain and depending on its severity it is classified as a first, second or third degree strain.
The immediate treatment for a thigh muscle injury consists of the RICE protocol – rest, ice, compression and elevation. Once the swelling and stiffness has subsided, a rehabilitation programme of stretching and strengthening can begin in conjunction with electrotherapy and soft tissue massage treatment.