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Diamond Cuts: Pop Goes the Quad

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.


Edwin Encarnacion

The surprise team in the AL East suffered a significant blow over the weekend when Encarnacion injured his right leg trying to beat out a double play. The team-leader in home runs and RBI required assistance off the field. A MRI performed Monday revealed a Grade 2 strain of his quadriceps muscle. Encarnacion's description of the injury, including recalling a “pop” sound, was a hint that the injury was more than just a minor strain. In Grade 2 strains tearing occurs in the muscle belly fibers or in the tendon itself. These types of injuries are often reported as a partial tear since the muscle is damaged but did not rupture or avulse away from the bone. Grade 2 strains are accompanied by a loss of function but not as severe as a total tear.

The quadriceps is actually a group of muscles that work to in unison to not only bend the hip (hip flexion) but also straighten the knee (knee extension). Since the quad is a two joint muscle, extr

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