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Preventing Hamstring Injuries in Sport

Brughelli, Matt MS, CSCS1; Cronin, John PhD, CSCS2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2008 - Volume 30 - Issue 1 - pp 55-64
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181638263
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HAMSTRING INJURIES CAN BE DEVASTATING FOR ATHLETES AND SPORTS TEAMS. RECENT ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY HAVE GREATLY ENHANCED OUR UNDERSTANDING OF HOW AND WHY HAMSTRING INJURIES OCCUR. BASED ON THIS INFORMATION, PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAMS HAVE IMPLEMENTED VARIOUS TRAINING INTERVENTIONS IN AN ATTEMPT TO REDUCE THE RATE OF HAMSTRING INJURIES WITH VARYING SUCCESS. REVIEWING THE RECENT LITERATURE ON HAMSTRING INJURIES AND THE STUDIES THAT HAVE REPORTED DECREASES IN INJURY RATES COULD GIVE FURTHER INSIGHT INTO HOW HAMSTRING INJURES CAN BE PREVENTED AND THUS IS THE FOCUS OF THIS ARTICLE.

1School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia 2Institute of Sport and Recreation Research New Zealand, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Matt Brughelli is currently pursuing a PhD in sports science at Edith Cowen University.

John Cronin is an associate professor at Edith Cowan University.

© 2008 National Strength and Conditioning Association