Leg Maintenance: Protecting your Quads and Hamstrings
By Dr. Dan Davis
Q: The importance of stretching and maintaining healthy leg muscles is paramount for officials. What leg muscles require proper maintenance so that we can run well on the court or field?
A: In addition to calves, there are two other key sets of muscles: quadriceps – or "quads" – and the hamstrings.
Q: Could you describe these muscles and what they do?
A: The quadriceps are a set of four muscles (hence the name: "quads") along the front of the thigh. They come together to form the patella tendon which essentially holds the kneecap inside a groove in your thigh bone (the femur), which by the way is the strongest bone in your body.