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Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Needle Electrolysis and Rehab and Reconditioning Program for Rectus Femoris Muscle Injuries: A Cohort Study with Professional Soccer Players and a 20-Week Follow-Up

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MVClinic Institute, 28600 Madrid, Spain
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CEU San Pablo University, 28925 Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain
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Invasive Physiotherapy Department, Getafe C.F., 28903 Getafe, Madrid, Spain
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Reconditioning & Performance Department, Getafe C.F., 28903 Getafe, Madrid, Spain
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Train Movements Center, 28923 Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain
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Invasive Physiotherapy Department, A.D. Alcorcón, 28922 Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain
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Reconditioning & Performance Department, C.F. Fuenlabrada, 28942 Fuenlabrada, Madrid, Spain
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Faculty of Sport Science, Universidad Europea de Madrid, 28670 Villaviciosa de Odón, Madrid, Spain
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Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(21), 7912; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10217912
Received: 4 September 2020 / Revised: 30 October 2020 / Accepted: 3 November 2020 / Published: 8 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Trends in Sport and Exercise Medicine)
Rectus femoris muscle strains are one of the most common injuries occurring in sports such as soccer. The purpose of this study was to describe the safety and feasibility of a combination of percutaneous needle electrolysis (PNE) and a specific rehab and reconditioning program (RRP) following an injury to the rectus femoris in professional soccer players. Thirteen professional soccer players received PNE treatment 48 h after a grade II rectus femoris muscle injury, followed by a the RRP 24 h later. Assessment of recovery from injury was done by registering the days taken to return to train (RTT), return to play (RTP), and structural and functional progress of the injured muscle was registered through ultrasound imaging and match-GPS parameters. Also, adverse events and reinjuries were recorded in the follow up period of twenty weeks. The RTT registered was 15.62 ± 1.80 days and RTP was 20.15 ± 2.79 days. After fourteen days, the ultrasound image showed optimal repair. Match-GPS parameters were similar before and after injury. There were no relapses nor were any serious adverse effects reported during the 20-week follow-up after the RTP. A combination of PNE and a specific RRP facilitated a faster RTP in previously injured professional soccer players enabling them to sustain performance and avoid reinjuries. View Full-Text
Keywords: muscle strain; quadriceps; football; invasive physiotherapy; post-injury performance; reinjury; return to play muscle strain; quadriceps; football; invasive physiotherapy; post-injury performance; reinjury; return to play
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Valera-Garrido, F.; Jiménez-Rubio, S.; Minaya-Muñoz, F.; Estévez-Rodríguez, J.L.; Navandar, A. Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Needle Electrolysis and Rehab and Reconditioning Program for Rectus Femoris Muscle Injuries: A Cohort Study with Professional Soccer Players and a 20-Week Follow-Up. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 7912. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10217912

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Valera-Garrido F, Jiménez-Rubio S, Minaya-Muñoz F, Estévez-Rodríguez JL, Navandar A. Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Needle Electrolysis and Rehab and Reconditioning Program for Rectus Femoris Muscle Injuries: A Cohort Study with Professional Soccer Players and a 20-Week Follow-Up. Applied Sciences. 2020; 10(21):7912. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10217912

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Valera-Garrido, Fermín, Sergio Jiménez-Rubio, Francisco Minaya-Muñoz, José L. Estévez-Rodríguez, and Archit Navandar. 2020. "Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Needle Electrolysis and Rehab and Reconditioning Program for Rectus Femoris Muscle Injuries: A Cohort Study with Professional Soccer Players and a 20-Week Follow-Up" Applied Sciences 10, no. 21: 7912. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10217912

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