More Hamstring Injury Facts:
Oral Medications can mask the pain but do not aid in the healing of a Hamstring muscle injury. Anti-inflammatories and Pain killers can cause Hamstring muscle related injuries to worsen.
One out of three athletes who sustain an initial hamstring injury will reinjure their hamstring within a year of returning to play. It is theorized that weakness in the hamstring muscle due to incomplete or improper (scar tissue) healing will often cause a hamstring re-injury.
A Grade 1 Hamstring Injury is a mild strain with a few torn muscle fibers in the hamstring.
A Grade 2 Hamstring Injury is a moderate strain and the patient shows a definite loss in strength.
A Grade 3 Hamstring Injury is a complete tear of the hamstring muscles.
10% to 23% of all acute soccer injuries are typically hamstring tears and hamstring strains (also known as strain injuries of the posterior thigh).
A complete tear of the Hamstring will require reattachment surgery. There is no avoidance of this.
Possible Reasons for High Rates of Hamstring Injury:
Timing and Coordination problems during a running sprint - specifically during the time the back leg is off the ground and pulled forward (to place on ground in front of you).
Running stride is too long (overstride), or the sway in the run is significant (causing more stress on the hamstring).
An Improperly healed hamstring injury will predispose you to another hamstring injury.
Lack of stiffness in the hamstring muscle will increase your chance of a strain when your feet are contacting the ground in a run. (inability to absorb enough shock)
Improper warm-up before exercise.
A slippery playing surface increase your odds of a hamstring strain due to slipping.
Certain Lower Back Issues may potentially cause weakened muscles; weak hamstring muscles are more prone to strain than stronger hamstring muscles.
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Hamstring Injury Facts:
Hamstring Muscles cross both your hip and knee, and help extend (straighten) the hip or bend the knee.
A Hamstring injury is an injury to one of the three different hamstring muscles in the back of the thigh.
The three Hamstring muscles name are: Biceps Femoris, Semitendinousus, Semimembranosus muscles.
Continually using your Hamstring muscles while injured will lead to a worse injury; and yes, it is difficult to avoid using the Hamstring.
Most Hamstring injuries happen while playing sports, such as soccer or football.
Once you have suffered one Hamstring injury, there is a very good chance you will suffer another Hamstring injury.