What Are the Risk Factors of Hamstring Injuries?

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Hamstring strain is one of the most common injuries in sports because hamstring muscles are highly tear-sensitive. Sports that demand power, high speed and agility like football, basketball, soccer and tennis are the most likely to be affected by hamstring strains.

The most prominent cause of a hamstring injury is an imbalance between two muscles –quadriceps and hamstring muscles that are located at the front and back of thighs. The former one is a larger and stronger group of muscles and it helps to straighten or extend legs. When these muscles are forcefully stretched it may put tension to the muscle group.

Risk Factors

Previous Injury in your Hamstring

•    Higher risk factor

•    Significant risk of recurrence with a severe injury

Age

•    Chances of an injury are 2.5 times higher in age below 25

Previous Injury

•    Knee injury like ACL reconstruction

Weak Muscle

A deficit in hamstring strength is persistent after an injury and increases risks of recurrence

Lethargy, overload and fatigue

Rigidity

•    Muscular rigidity

•    Neural stiffness in the lower back

Overstride or other poor movement patterns

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Imbalance in strength

Though there is advanced sports medicine in OKC and ways to prevent a hamstring injury and other risk factors, still, in any sports injury, recurrence chances are higher. In sports involving acceleration, sprinting, rapid direction changes and jumping, hamstring strains are the most common.

According to the 2014 AFL injury report data, each club has recorded five to six hamstring injuries every year. Recurrence injury for hamstrings was 16% and 24% in 2013. At our medical clinic in OKC, we have treated athletes with pretty severe and recurrent sports injuries. Therefore, it is highlighted that every athlete’s challenge to take care of their hamstrings and treat injuries, whether or not you get the best possible medical care.

For sports injuries, come to Longevity Regenerative Institute. We will treat injuries to avoid recurrence at our medical clinic in OKC using advanced treatment technology.

** Disclaimer: This content should not be considered medical advice and does not imply a doctor-patient relationship.