Hamstring Injuries

How can I get injured?

A pulled hamstring muscle, also commonly called a muscle strain, often occurs when sprinting or kicking but runners, joggers, and sprinters can also experience this painful condition when a rapid contraction or a violent stretch of the hamstring muscle group occurs. Hamstring injuries are also commonly seen in recreational sports – most commonly water-skiing. 

A hamstring injury typically causes a sudden, sharp pain in the back of the thigh. There might also be a “popping” or tearing sensation. Swelling and tenderness usually develop within a few hours. There might be bruising or a change in skin colour along the back of the leg. Some people have muscle weakness or are not able to put weight on the injured leg.

What does the hamstrings do?

The hamstrings are a group of three large muscles, the semitendinosus, semimembranosus, and biceps femoris. They are in the back of your thigh that attach to the sitting bones (ischium) and stretch across the back of the knees.

Hamstrings muscles allow you the ability to kick, jump, run, sprint, climb and to do sudden stop and start motions for us to do our normal everyday activity or play sports. These hamstrings muscles allow your knee to bend by controlling the movement that swings your leg backwards. The hamstrings work to balance and extend the movement of your hips, and pelvis.  Athletes intense demand on their knees, hips and pelvis causes overloading on the hamstrings.

Why do I get hamstring injuries?

Causes of hamstrings injuries could be:

  • You have had a previous hamstring injury.
  • Your muscles are weak or fatigued.
  • You lack muscle flexibility.
  • Not warming up the hamstring muscles
  • There is tightness in the quadriceps muscles (front of the thigh) which tilts the pelvis forward and tightens the hamstrings.
  • There is weakness in the quadriceps or the gluteus.
  • You are not fully hydrated as this can cause cramping or pulls in the muscles.

How to Prevent Hamstring Injuries

Here are some tips!

  • A general body warm up of the hamstring muscles.
  • Stretching and cooling down after every training session and competition.
  • Including stretching and strengthening exercises in weekly training programs.
  • Allowing adequate recovery time between workouts or training sessions.
  • Wearing the right protective equipment including footwear.
  • Checking the sporting environment for hazards.
  • Having regular sports massage, will help to prevent injury and can lessen the possibility of severe injury if it does occur, as well as help the muscle recovery post exercise.
  • Hydration is the key to prevent of hamstring injury.

How Sport Remedial Massage Can Increase the Healing Process?

Sports remedial massage can help lengthen and relax the muscles. Toxins is flushed out of the tissues and muscle is softened to prevent future injury.  

Scar tissue is release, pain reduced, help to speed up the blood flow, and increase nourishment to the damaged tissue. To help to rebalance the hip-pelvis-knee connection by restoring normal muscle function.

The hamstring is in its inflammation stages, the RICE protocol must be followed (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation). And this usually occurs in the 4-5 days of the initial injury.

Hamstring injury with severe pain and limited range of motion, you will need to go see your doctor. As the doctor need check if you have a torn muscle, tendon or a ruptured, and in need of surgery.

And to maintain healthy tissue and elasticity of muscles, tendons and ligaments should have regular sport remedial massage. Helps to prevent injury and can lessen the possibility of severe injury if it does occur.

During your visit your condition will be assessed and steps taken to assist with your rehabilitation. After the session FREE muscle stretching sheets can be provided to assist with healing your injury. It is recommended that you continue these exercises at home to speed up the healing process. To book in for a session, please call Jade Tran on 0425 444 304. I hope you found the article helpful in further understanding your symptoms. Any opinions expressed within my articles/blog are from my personal perspective, not that of my Professional Associations / Educational Institutions
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