Hamstring Tag

Hamstring injuries are one of the well-researched topics within the sports industry. So it may come as a surprise to some to know that they continue to be one of the most common sporting injuries. This article will discuss the latest information on common hamstring injury mechanisms, risk factors, as well as the type of exercises that should be included in a hamstring injury risk reduction program. Mechanism of injury to hamstrings The two most common locations for a hamstring strain are at the biceps femoris long head, and proximal tendon of the semimembranosus (Brukner, 2015). It is proposed that damage to the biceps femoris...

Hamstring tightness is a common issue in the current environment where prolonged sitting is prevalent. For those with a need or desire for increasing hamstring flexibility and hamstring strength, the individual’s foot position may be an important factor to take into consideration during exercises.   Spend some time at virtually any amateur sporting event and you will inevitably stumble upon athletes limbering up and getting their body ready for combat. Without proper guidance, amateur athletes are left to imitate images symbolising “stretching” and potentially skewing the appropriate techniques.  One of the most widely disseminated images involves the athletes grabbing their toes and...

The What, How and Why. Prevent yourself from suffering a lifetime of hamstring problems.   A hamstring strain can be defined as “any physical complaint affecting the back of the upper leg”, and are one of the most common injuries of the lower limb in both elite and recreational athletes (Van der Horst et al, 2013). They are one of the most common muscle injuries for many elite and recreational athletes, causing pain, loss of movement and time away from participation in sport.   Why is hamstring strain the ‘dreaded’ injury? Hamstring strains can occur as a result of high speed running, kicking maneuvers and...