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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31821e2f71
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Hamstring Strains: Basic Science and Clinical Research Applications for Preventing the Recurrent Injury

Sherry, Marc A DPT, CSCS1; Best, Thomas M MD, PhD2,3; Silder, Amy PhD4,5; Thelen, Darryl G PhD6,7,8; Heiderscheit, Bryan C PhD, PT6,8,9

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Abstract

HAMSTRING INJURIES OCCUR FREQUENTLY, WITH A HIGH RECURRENCE RATE, IN SPORTS THAT REQUIRE EITHER HIGH-SPEED SKILLED MOVEMENTS OR EXCESSIVE HIP FLEXION WITH KNEE EXTENSION. A PREVIOUS HAMSTRING INJURY IS THE GREATEST RISK FACTOR FOR A FUTURE HAMSTRING INJURY, WHICH HAS LED SPORTS MEDICINE PROFESSIONALS TO SEARCH FOR IMPROVED POSTINJURY REHABILITATION STRATEGIES. ATHLETES MAY SHOW POSTINJURY STRUCTURAL CHANGES IN THE MUSCLE-TENDON UNIT AND BE AT RISK FOR REINJURY FOR UP TO A YEAR AFTER RETURN TO SPORT. UNDERSTANDING THE POSTINJURY CHANGES CAN HELP CREATE PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS FOR APPROPRIATE RECONDITIONING AND SPORTS PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS.

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