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Prevention And Treatment Of Hamstring Strains

Background Hamstring injuries are one of the most common injuries in athletics accounting for up to 20% of all sports injuries (Wing et al. 2020).  Injuries can be both acute due to a traumatic injury or overuse in nature due to exposure to higher training volumes over time.  Both types of injuries can lead to...

At Mend, we specialize in treating runners and endurance athletes in our Boulder and Lafayette clinics. We see numerous cases each year of runners presenting with “proximal hamstring” or “high hamstring” injuries. Symptoms are typically localized at the proximal portion of the hamstring or near the attachment point at the pelvis (ischial tuberosity). These runners...

Hamstring injuries, strains, are one of the most common injuries in the lower extremity. These muscles cross both the hip and knee joint making them susceptible to strains during high speed movements such as sprinting, jumping, cutting, and kicking. Of the three hamstring muscles, the biceps femoris is the most commonly injured among athletes. Authors...

Runners are no strangers to overuse injuries, often stemming from repetitive microtrauma in the lower quarter. One less common but significant complaint is buttock pain, which can impede an athlete’s training and competition.  In this blog, we’ll delve into the intricacies of hamstring-related issues in runners. Both Hamstring Syndrome and Hamstring Tendinopathy can cause that...

Hamstring injuries are common and can occur in any sport with any athlete. The three muscles of the hamstring are put through rapid lengthening and shortening contractions making them susceptible to strains or minor tears. Due to the common occurrence of these injuries, it is important to target proper strength and conditioning regimes to decrease...

Stretching either dynamically or statically has long been shown to create both short and long term improvements in flexibility, but the mechanism of action behind this form of exercise continues to evolve. Changing human tissue takes considerable time and consistent forces. For example, consider muscle growth or bone density adaptions to exercise. Previous research on...

Sprinting either in track or sport requires rapid, high force muscle contractions across the lower body.  If the forces utilized during the acceleration phase of running are greater than the capacity of the muscle to absorb these forces injuries can occur.  Hamstring strains in this population of runners are common due to the rapid shortening...