GROIN INJURY • Stretching the inner thigh muscles (short adductors, figure 2). Sit cross-legged on the ground. Place the soles of your feet together. Sit up straight and gently push your knees towards the ground with your elbows until you feel a stretch. Hold this position for 20 to 30 seconds, followed by a 20 to 30 second rest.
The tear of the gastrocnemius muscle is sometimes termed “tennis leg”, due to its frequent occurrence in younger athletes involved in the sport. 1, 2 This injury, however, is not limited to the athlete, and is commonly seen in middle-aged or older patients, usually over the age of 40 1, 2, 4 participating in physically demanding activities despite suboptimal physical presentation 10.
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A muscle strain (muscle pull or tear) is a common injury, particularly among people who participate in sports. The thigh has three sets of strong muscles: the hamstring muscles in the back of the thigh, the quadriceps muscles in the front, and the adductor muscles on the inside. The quadriceps and hamstrings work together to straighten (extend) and bend (flex) the leg.
Your doctor is unlikely to clear your return to tennis before your swelling disappears and you can work out pain-free. Plan for a slow and gradual return to your previous training levels. When initial pain subsides, begin gentle quad stretching exercises, then progress to exercises designed to rebuild strength.
What Is Tennis Leg? What you’ve just experienced is known as “tennis leg,” which is a tear of the medial head of the gastrocnemius–or the calf muscle. It is not a tear of the Achilles and it generally does not need surgery. Sports medicine used to think tennis leg was due to a rupture of the small muscle in the back of your knee. Not true.
The term Tennis Leg refers to an acute medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle tear in the older athlete characterized by sudden onset of severe calf pain and significant disability. The injury is invariably associated with extensive bruising and swelling, and can be mistaken for a deep venous thrombosis.
You can apply ice or a cold pack directly to the painful area for 20 minutes or submerge your lower leg in a bucket of cold water and ice for 10 minutes. Repeat this several times a day. Do not place an ice pack on the bare skin. Place a towel between the skin and the ice pack to avoid a cold burn from the ice pack.
Tennis leg was first discovered with the injury of a tennis player in 1883, and was thought to involve the rupture of the plantaris tendon. Recent diagnostic studies have found that cases of medial gastrocnemius strain were more frequently involved in causes of tennis leg. The plantaris muscle and plantaris tendon are rarely implicated.