Hamstring Injuries (part 2)

Posted: August 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

Hamstring Injuries

Part 2

Our first article http://wp.me/p3F2Qp-1u (view here) looked at how common hamstring injuries are, how they happen and who is most at risk of injury.
This second article aims to give you an idea as to how severe your injury is and an estimated timeframe of your return to sport.

This information is based on research studies of hundreds of athletes who sustained hamstring injuries and what information and tests in the initial stages helped predict their return to sport.
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Firstly, how bad is it?

Diagnosis of a hamstring injury is pretty straight forward. It is traditionally based on grading the degree of injury with…
Grade 1=mild
Grade 2=moderate
Grade 3=severe

Higher grade= longer rehab=longer return to sport

Grading is good in that it gives you some indication as to the severity of the injury but it isn’t definitive in predicting how soon you will be back playing.

Things are worse and you will take longer to recover if you have any of the following;

• High initial level of pain

• Previously injured hamstring

• Injury site closer to your hip or knee

• Injury site is large

• Injury is located to the outside hamstring muscle (most common site of injury). Inner/medial hamstring injuries tend to recover somewhat quicker and are less likely to recur

• On clinical assessment, if there is a >20 degree difference between legs on a specific range of motion test, you are more likely to take longer than 3 weeks to return to sport

How soon were you able to walk pain-free?

If you take longer than 24 hours to walk pain-free you are 4 times more likely to take more than 3 weeks to return to competition.

If you are unable to walk pain-free after 24 hours and have a history of hamstring injury, there is a 93% chance of you taking more than 3 weeks to return to competition.

This information can help you understand the severity of your injury and give you an estimate as to how quickly you will be back to sport.

It is worth noting that the athletes studied here all underwent a hamstring management program. They didn’t just rest for 3 weeks and miraculously return to competitive sport.

Guided management and strengthening of the hamstring muscles is essential for efficient return to sport. In our next article we will look at what is recommended for managing hamstring injuries in the initial injury stage.

If you found this article useful please feel free to share.
If you have any questions or queries or current hamstring injuries please contact us on 0851670574 or charteredphysio@gmail.com.

Thanks for your time,

Michelle & Órla
ProActive Physio

Again thanks to Michelle for writhing another brilliant blog for us. We really appreciate the time and effort she puts into the blogs.

Coach James

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