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Strengthening quad muscles by treading water to prevent running injuries

27th August 2006

I am a runner with a body structure that includes large muscles in the legs but only small bones to accompany that muscle mass. I have been running for 25 years and have had quad strains many times. In a nutshell, people like me need to tread water in a pool for 2 hours a day for two weeks straight. What this will do is strenghten the muscles on the side and back of the quad. This more evenly muscled quad will proportion out the shock produced by the thrust when you sprint. The muscles on the side and back of the quad will be able to withstand the strain of sprinting.

I mention this because quad strains are common for fast guys. I had quad strains when I ran in college and treading water in pool therapy worked for me.

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