Hamstring Pulls

What is a Hamstring Pull?

A hamstring pull is generally a very sudden phenomenon. A runner may experience this sharp pain in the back of the thigh that just grabs them, and it can stop you in your tracks mid-stride.

Anneliese Ruggeri

Anneliese Ruggeri

Physiotherapist
Middlebury, CT
Mr. Trevor Kwolek

Mr. Trevor Kwolek

Physiotherapist
Fonthill, ON
Chritine Bridle

Chritine Bridle

FCAMPT, CAFCI
Physiotherapist
St Catherines, ON

Larissa Roux, MD FRCP Dip Sport Med, MPH, PhD, discusses hamstring pulls in sports.

Carl Petersen, BPE, BScPT, talks about badminton and hamstring injury.

What is a Hamstring Pull?

In badminton, hamstring strains are often an acute strain which occur from the quick accelarations or decelarations that badminton players must do during the strokes. The hamstring strain is probably the most common injury to the thigh.

The strain can occur in the mid-belly of the hamstring, or it can occur either lower down where the muscle tendon insertion or it can occur in the insertion up at the ischial tuberosity.

In dealing with hamstring strains, we want to make sure that we follow the RICE philosophy. We can use certain types of supports, including core shorts or elastic bandages to add compression.

We want to then make sure that we are decreasing the amount of scar tissue that’s being formed in the muscle belly and in the muscle tendon attachment and that can be done by seeing your physiotherapist and they can give you a variety of exercises as well as treating the area with different modalities to help minimize the severity of a scar.

Presenter: Mr. Carl Petersen, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

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