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.
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In tennis, hamstring strains are often an acute injury that occur from the quick accelaration or from quick decelaration during the tennis 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 and tendon insertion is, 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're 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 different exercises as well as treating the area with different modalities to minimize the severity of a scar. Often seeing a local family physician or a physiotherapist in conjunction with a registered dietitian and athletic therapist is a great option to take control of this condition. Smart Food Now and exercise is also optominal for overall health.
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This is a very user friendly hamstring stretch from the ground.
We simply sit on the ground, we bring one leg into the groin, and we extend one leg out and we start to work on lengthening out the hamstring. Some of you are going to be in kind of this position, some of you are going to be more into this position.
And whatever position we can reach to in a nice comfortable way, what we want to be thinking about is contracting the hamstring, firing it up 10 or 15%, and then getting into a nice stretch position. We hold that for 10 or 15 seconds.
What you'll find whenever you start any kind of flexibility from any given day, and it can be a repeatable thing – you can get down into the ground and you can go wow, I'm tight all over again.
And what we want to be thinking about is a 10 or 15 second stretch in a nice comfortable position, change it up again. And you'll find that if you get into any kind of a consistency where you're changing it on a repeatable fashion, your muscle will loosen up nicely.
Always be thinking, how do I contract the muscle a little bit, how do I protect that very, very, very tight part, and how do I start to get into a lengthening position where the upper body is starting to move down into the leg.