Hamstring Injury



Hamstring injuries are common in sports that involve sprinting, acceleration, deceleration, rapid change in direction, and jumping. It’s occurring in both recreational and professional sports and could lead to substantial time lost from sports and commonly reoccur. The hamstrings consist of three muscles: The biceps femoris, the semitendinosus, and the semimembranosus. 


Risk Factors

In a systematic review and meta-analysis study by Grant Freckleton & Tania Pizzari (2017) on risk factors for hamstring muscle strain injury in sports. They highlighted age, previous hamstring injury, and quadriceps peak torque (strength) as the main risk factor (Read More).


They also mentioned a list of secondary factors that could increase the hamstring strain such as, hamstring flexibility, body weight, hip flexor flexibility, quadriceps flexibility, ankle dorsiflexion lunge ROM, playing a position, preconception (movement discrimination test) mental imagery, ethnicity, hamstring peak torque (strength).


3 Degrees of Strain

1st Degrees: (mildest) little muscle tissue tearing, mild tenderness, pain with full range of movement. 

2nd Degrees: Partial tear of muscle tissue or tendon, painful with a limited range of motion. Possibly some swelling and tenderness around the injured site. 

3rd Degrees: Complete tear and ruptured muscle or tendon. Limited or no range of movement. Severe pain initially and pain could subside after a while. 


Our Approach

Dublin Sports Injury Clinic is a Physical Therapy Clinic based in Pearse Street, Dublin 2. We have a thorough assessment to role out the mechanism of your injury. The primary objective of our rehabilitation program will be the restoration of function to the greatest possible degree in the shortest possible time. We believe Patient’s education is an essential part of the rehabilitation program. We will explore the main root of their injury in layman terms and also show them the reason behind their rehabilitation program.

Treatment will be classified into different phases according to the length of time since the injury occurred. We design a customized rehabilitation and prevention program (Read More) for every individual to help them to recover as quick as possible. We coach our patients and show them correct techniques and we progress their program step by step to help them get back to do what they love even stronger.

Next step 

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Grant Freckleton & Tania Pizzari (2017) on risk factors for hamstring muscle strain injury in sports.

J Petersen & P Holmich (2017) Evidence-based prevention of hamstring injuries in sport.

Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. You can contact us if you would like to book an appointment or get some advice from our therapist.

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