Did you know that Re-injury rates after acute hamstring injures are reported to range from 14% up to 63%, within the same season-2 years after the initial injury. It has been shown through imaging that the majority of the hamstring re-injuries occur in the same location as the initial injury- This calls for [P]Rehab! Here is a great exercise that will help develop eccentric strength and control of the hamstring!
1️⃣The Stance limb is the leg in which the hamstring should be working eccentrically through it’s range of motion- Hip Flexion and Knee Extension.
2️⃣Focus on keeping the elevated leg light and only use as much assistance as needed- ideally you will have a frictionless surface to allow for easy gliding your foot on an elevated surface.
❌Avoid allowing your thoracic spine from flexing, allowing your shoulder blades to protract, and your upper cervical spine from extending- Don’t worry about looking yourself in the mirror!
✅Keep the body close to your body while maintaining a neutral Spine
�Specific exercise program focusing on re-injury prevention initiated after return to from initial injury is HIGHLY recommended-or it can be used as part of your general regimen to reduce risk for straining this muscle!
Citation: Hamstring Reinjuries Occur at the same Location and Early After Return to Sport. By Wangensteen et al.