Running Injury Clinic
Hamstring strains, hamstring tear or pulled hamstring all describe damage to the muscle at the back of the thigh.
Often located in the centre of the muscle the injury can range from mild to severe and will stop you running. Runners who fail to warm up properly generally suffer hamstring strains as do sprinters and hurdlers.
Treatment is the same as any muscle injury and depends how soon it is addressed. As soon as the injury is felt you should ice the area and rest it which restricts unwanted internal bleeding. Sports massage will help speed up healing time.
A torn hamstring generally heals well if treated early but if left will heal with unwanted scar tissue tethering to adjacent muscle fibres. This leaves a lump over the injury and may cause further problems when resuming training.
Footballers suffer hamstring tears due to the quick explosive nature of their running. A combination of cryotherapy ice treatment, electrotherapy, soft tissue manipulation and contrast bathing will soon get you back running again.
If you need help with a hamstring strain or torn hamstring muscle call our Tamworth Sports Injury Team
on 01827 59943 or the Solihull Sports Injury Clinic on 0121 709 5222
Runners who develop hamstring injuries are usually restricted to sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers. Marathon runners and ultra distance runners are less likely to have a hamstring pull as their gait is less explosive and controlled.
Hamstring exercises are given by physiotherapists to strengthen hamstring muscles but sometimes these hamstrings strengthening exercises can result in a loss of pace. Hamstring problems are common in footballers due to a shortening of the hamstring muscles and hamstring stretches are needed to lengthen them to an acceptable level in order to reduce the risk of overstretching and injury.