The hamstring muscles are located at the back of the thigh, between the hips and knees.
This injury is very common amongst participators of football, soccer, basketball, tennis and netball. Some factors that may contribute to the injury occurring include:
- previous hamstring injury
- sudden change in direction
- poor flexibility or strength
- hamstring muscle fatigue
- inappropriate or no warm up/warm down
There are many things that you can do to try and limit the chance of a hamstring strain occurring. These include:
- completing an appropriate warm up before participating in physical activity
- train appropriately for the activity you plan to take part in. e.g. practicing plenty of kicking and running if you are going to play soccer, that way the body can become accustomed to those movements and the strength required.
- allow relevant recovery time between activities
- stretching and strengthening exercises throughout the week
Hamstring strains are split into 3 different grades, each different based on pain, strength, flexibility and activities that you aren’t able to perform that you normally would.
If a person believes that they might have strained their hamstring, they should immediately begin applying RICER (rest, ice, compression, elevation and referral). This can help to prevent further damage and begin the healing process.
WHAT MYOTHERAPY CAN DO FOR YOU
We are able to look at your injury site and help determine how severe it is and whether further referral is required. We can assess your movement and muscles to determine why we believe the injury occurred and then create a treatment plan to help you return to 100% sooner. A stretching and strengthening program may then also be created to help fix posture/imbalance and work towards reducing the risk of further injury occurring again
Adrian Crestani - Myotherapist