Injuries to the hamstring is common in sports that require periods of rapid acceleration and quick changes in speed. Soccer, football and rugby players are among those who are especially at risk for hamstring injuries, but almost any athlete can be affected.
The hamstrings are a large group of muscles that are located in the back of your thigh. They extend from the pelvis to the knee. When an athlete is running rapidly, the hamstring contracts quickly and violently. As this process is continued through repetitive use, the constant overuse can cause the hamstring muscles and tendons to tear.
These injuries can occur along various locations of the hamstring muscle-tendon group. Injuries may occur near the pelvis, along the top of the high or the bottom of the thigh. Unless the tendons are completely torn from the pelvis, which is a very rare occurrence, these are non-surgical injuries. Physical therapists and athletic trainers work with the athletes to restore motion and strength and then slowly progress to agility training before allowing a return to sports activities.
However, if too little time is taken for recuperation, then the injury is far more likely to reoccur or to worsen with use. Much attention should be paid to the instructions of your orthopedic specialist before returning to sports so as not to require further medical attention
If you’ve torn or injured your hamstring, contact our offices in Joplin, MO for a consultation. We can recommend treatment, or in case of a full tear, refer you to one of our qualified orthopedic surgeons.