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Overuse Injury of the upper part of the Rectus Femoris Muscle-Tendon Unit

The rectus femoris muscle arises above the articular cavity of the hip joint. The muscle flexes the hip and extends the knee joint. After intensive shooting practice in soccer, repeated fast starts, strength training, and similar activities, pain can be felt just above the hip joint.

Symptoms and diagnosis

– Pain occurs during and after exercise.
– Pain is triggered by flexing the hip joint or extending the knee joint against resistance.
– Local tenderness is felt at the origin of the muscle above and anterior to the hip joint.


The treatment is the same as that for overuse injuries of the adductor muscle-tendon unit.

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