Tips for a Healthy Hammy

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The ‘hamstrings’ are a group of three muscles located at the back of the thigh

Hamstrings cross the hip and knee joints and are responsible for knee flexion and hip extension

A hamstring strain is described as an overstretching without tearing of the muscle or tendon fibres. It is important that if you are suspecting a hamstring strain, accurate diagnosis is carried out by a Physiotherapist before resuming exercise

Hamstrings are prone to straining during exercise, with hamstring strains making up 1/3rd of all acute injuries in the general population

Research shows that hamstring strains increase in prevalence during the later decades of life

Most hamstring strains occur during a 100% effort sprinting

Decreased hamstring muscle strength resulting in muscle fatigue during the landing and pushing of phase of running

Previous hamstring or lower back injury

Decreased range of motion at the hip joint

Lack of warm up before intense exercise

The best evidence for injury prevention in the hamstrings is a sound hamstring strength protocol tailored for you by a Physiotherapist

Gradual return to sport or activity reduces the likelihood of re-injury by 75%. Focus on an output or milestone approach not a time frame

Strengthen the posterior chain, this means glut, calf, and hamstring muscles, using functional exercises such as squats, lunges and dead lifts

Ensure your technique is reviewed by a personal trainer or exercise professional prior to strengthening work.

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