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Hamstring Injury

The hamstring muscles are located in the back of the thigh and injuries can be acute or chronic. Sprinting subjects these muscles to high tension loads and sudden tears can occur.

This type of injury is very common among footballers, as they are pushed to the limit in training, and are highly expected of on and off the pitch.

The initial care of an acute hamstring injury involves rest, ice, compression and elevation.

After couple of days, the athlete can stop the intermittent application of ice and begin a gentle stretching routine.

As recovery progresses, rehabilitation exercises are added and gradually increased. Return to vigorous activity should proceed slowly and be carefully monitored as a quick a return may cause a quick recurrence.

A good running coach can help uncover any abnormal motion in running and video analysis can help show the athlete what is happening.

This can be done with the hamstring by using ankle weights, or using specific exercise equipment. One method for preventing further injury is exercises with hamstring curl equipment is to raise the weight with two legs, and then slowly lower with one.

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