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Tips on preventing hamstring injuries in sport

13 Jul Tips on preventing hamstring injuries in sport

Hamstrings are a common site of injury for a large range of sports that require dynamic movements like sprinting, changing direction and lunging type of activities. (Eg. AFL)
How do we prevent your risk of injury?
Risk factors which can increase your chance of a hamstring strain or tear include;
Unable to influence:

  • Age
  • History of hamstring strains/tears

Able to Influence:

  • Hamstring weakness
  • Biomechanics
  • Tight Hip flexors
  • Motor Control (Posterior chain)
  • Flexibility

We are unable to changes these initial variables but there are other internal/external factors which can contribute to increase risk of hamstring strain like pelvic alignment issues, instabil

ity/poor movement patterns through ankles, posture, poor biomechanics, weakness through the posterior chain and even poor flexibility has been show to impact the risk of hamstring injuries. The

re are two main components that muscle tissue requires to perform during simple or complex tasks:

  • Motor Control
  • Strength

If you are able to focus on developing a healthy amount of strength and control through the pelvis and lower limb you are on your way to having an injury free season.

A great way to measure your strength/control through the hamstrings is completing the Nordic hamstring eccentric lowering – provides you with a great tool to assess the strength

of your hamstrings/posterior chain.  (Reducing your

risk of up to 70% of suffering a hamstring tear)

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