Quadriceps Tendonitis: How to Deal with It
Many athletes every day face a situation in which they hurt themselves. Although there are many different injuries that could potentially occur, one of the most famous types is called quadriceps tendonitis.
This ailment affects many athletes, specifically those that use their legs for a living, and can cause a great deal of irritation and frustration not just because of the pain, but because of how much time it typically can take away from an athlete’s training.
Don’t Push Yourself Too Hard!
Generally speaking, if the average person uses their legs in a stressful way, that is, in a way that is stronger or with more force than normal, they will slightly damage the tendons connecting the quadriceps muscles to the knee cap and shin bones. This is normal.
When we push ourselves, our body breaks down a little bit. It rebuilds itself stronger and more able to withstand the punishment that you are giving to it. It is our bodies’ natural way of adapting and surviving to difficult circumstances.
However, when an athlete doesn’t give his or her body time to heal itself, these minor little cracks and tears become bigger, and as the muscle or tendon becomes weaker and weaker because of this lack of healing time, the possibility of a more serious injury grows.
Give Yourself Time to Heal
Quadriceps tendonitis is actually easy to not only prevent, but to also heal when and if you get it. You simply have to give your muscles and tendons time to rest to heal them, the amount of time depending on how hard you pushed your body in any given day or time.
However, most athletes don’t want to give themselves time to heal, and instead prefer to simply push and push and push, thinking that they are making themselves stronger. What they don’t realize is that what they are trying to do to improve their chances in life is actually setting them up for epic failure.
You see, when they don’t give their quadriceps tendons time to heal, they become very weak, and as they get weaker, they become more prone to tear. If the tendons tear, the athlete will not only have a much more serious injury, but also be out of training for much longer than if he or she had simply given him or herself a couple of weeks to heal up.
All of this simply because they didn’t want to wait, feeling that that extra week of training would be worth the 3-6 months of time because their tendons tore.
In conclusion, if you or someone that you know has contracted quadriceps tendonitis, and this person, possibly you, does not give their body time to heal, this person is only setting himself up for failure, as a much more serious injury is not just possible.
It is not a matter of if you will receive a greater injury, but it is a matter of when you will get this worse injury. Just give yourself a couple of weeks, take some Advil, let the muscles go back to normal and then you can continue your training at a safer pace.