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.
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.
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).
Dublin Sports Injury Clinic is a Physical Therapy Clinic based in Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin2. We have a holistic approach to our assessment and treatment. The initial assessment helps us to explore the cause of your injury and help you to get pain free shortly and stop any further injuries. We will design a customized training program for you to start with, and we will coach you and monitor your progress closely. We will prescribe relative rest or modified activities as required. Depending on the individual requirement, we apply manual therapy accompanied by stretching to restore tissue elasticity and reduce the strain in the muscle-tendon unit with joint motion.