The complete guide to treating hamstring injuries and rehabilitation

The complete guide to treating hamstring injuries and rehabilitation
Hamstring strains and tears are the most common injuries in professional football – Centre for Health and Human Performance physio, Tom Jackson, explains why and how you can avoid them.

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Football’s hamstring epidemic
Hamstring injuries are the most common muscle injury in professional football and account for 12% of all injuries. On average each club loses players for 90 days per season (16 matches) as a result of hamstring injuries. That’s a lot of money to be paying for players to be sitting on the treatment table.

Despite an improvement in injury prevention strategies and our understanding of how and why they occur, players remain susceptible.  Here, we look at why these injuries occur and how they will be classified and graded, so you know how to prevent them and spend more time on the pitch.

How do the hamstrings work during a game?
They are responsible for bending the knee and extending the hip. Both functions are performed simultaneously when a player is running and significant strain is placed on the muscle group with each stride, increasing the risk of injury.

Are fast players more at risk of hamstring injuries?
People often think that only quick players can get a hamstring strain (tears) - but this is not strictly true. Quicker players generate more force and speed, which creates a high load in the muscle fibres, and increases the risk of them tearing – but it can happen to anyone.

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