Hamstring injuries: prevention and treatment

...a challenge for clinicians!

This article provides an update regarding the rehabilitation and ways to prevent recurrent hamstring injury. Although there is an increased knowledge of the hamstring muscle injuries, the incidence remains high. Exercise therapy is still the treatment of choice, with exercises in a lengthened position or using eccentric contraction mode being most effective.

Until today it is unknown what factors can most accurately predict hamstring injuries. Eccentric knee flexor weakness is an important factor when a hamstring injury re-occurs within 12 months. There is evidence that eccentric exercises or exercise in the end range can reduce the incidence of hamstring muscle injuries. When applying this in a rehabilitation program, it is important to understand which exercises are most effective and how they should be performed. 

> From: Brukner, Br J Sports Med 49 (2016-01-04 11:22:53) 1241-1244 (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to BMJ Publishing Ltd. Click here for the online summary.

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