Operative Treatment of Proximal Rectus Femoris Injuries in Professional Soccer Players: A Series of 19 Cases



Proximal rectus femoris (PRF) tears are relatively rare injuries among top-level athletes. PRF injuries can be avulsions of both tendon heads (direct and reflected heads) or of a single head, and some have a tendency to progress to recurrent injuries.


To describe a series of operatively treated PRF ruptures in professional soccer players.

Study Design:

Case series; Level of evidence, 4.


Nineteen cases of PRF injuries (18 patients, 1 bilateral) in professional soccer players who were treated surgically were retrospectively reviewed. Perioperative findings with return-to-play data were recorded.


Of the PRF injuries, 10 total avulsions (both heads) and 9 single-head tears were seen on magnetic resonance imaging and were later confirmed during surgery. All 18 patients returned to their preinjury level of play (mean follow-up, 2.8 years [range, 1-11 years]).


The repair of PRF tears in professional soccer players yielded good results and allowed all patients to return to their preinjury level of play.

Keywords: proximal rectus femoris injury, surgical treatment, sports injury, soccer 

Autor / Fonte:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6168727/
Link: Lasse Lempainen, Jussi Kosola, Ricard Pruna, Jordi Puigdellivol, Juha Ranne, Sakari Orava Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine 2018, 6 (10): 2325967118798827