I quit playing softball about 10 years ago because I kept blowing out my quad whenever I tried accelerating while running the bases, hustling to cover 2nd (I played SS), or when going after a ground ball.
The experience was quite depressing. I actually cried in the hot tub after about the third tweaking because I knew my baseball playing days were over. After all, I had just spent 2 weeks rehabbing my thigh and I blew the sucker out within 30 minutes out on the field. No amount of stretching helped, btw.
Of course, I should add, I smoked cigs at the time. I'm sure that didn't help, but I was too addicted to see it.
Anyway, that was around the time I began to spend more time on a bicycle. And, I have been ever so careful not to blow out my quad. I do, however, often feel my quad protest. I just lay off a bit, find a lower gear and work on my spin cadence, when that happens. Since I remember the horrible feeling of having a sport denied me because of frequently blown out quads, I avoid tweaking them like the plague.
Last edited by baron von trail; 02-14-10 at 10:52 PM.