How do I know that I have a hamstring injury?
Pain or cramping at the back of the thigh.
Pain that is aggravated by
Walking, jogging or sprinting
Risk of hamstring injuries
Increased sitting down – e.g. deskjob, driving
Muscle imbalance – weak gluteal muscles and/or hamstrings
Inadequate warm up
Reduced fitness level
How to minimise your risk of hamstring injury
An article published by the New York times highlights some great research that has come out from Denmark on reducing your risk of hamstring injury. It is important to note that you must be injury free before beginning this program, and remember slow and steady wins the race!
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Hawkings, Hulse, WIlkinson, Hodson, Gibson (2001) ‘The Association Football medical research programme: an audit of injuries in professional football’. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 35: pp. 43-47.