We all know that playing football presents players with a few niggly injuries in a season. Some players are more fortunate than others and only suffer a mild pull, or injuries taking a few days to recover…but what if you get one of the most common football injuries – a pulled or torn hamstring?
Ok – What is a pulled hamstring and what is the best hamstring injury treatment?
Your hamstring is located in the rear of your leg, working over both hip and knee joint, and is one of the most stretched muscle when playing sport.In fact this type of injury is one of the most common sports injuries, and can be one of the worst football injuries to have. Pulled hamstrings more often occur during a sprint, where the muscle tissues are torn, which is often referred to as a strain. Depending on the severity, it can be classified as a first, second or third degree strain Hamstring injuries can account for up to 40% of English Premiership injuries, ans is the most likely muscle to be susceptible to an injury via fatigue, overplaying or over stretching as a result of tired muscles.
So – How can you prevent a Hamstring injury occurring?
Most basic of all football procedures – the Warm Up. The warm up is the most vital exercise prior to training or playing, and can prevent a whole load of problems, not just with the hamstring, but all over the body. When tissue temperature has been increased, the muscle is more extensible when warm, therefore allowing greater stretch and elasticity in movement. Just one or two degrees can make a great deal of difference when compared to a cold muscle, and a period of about 20 minutes should be suffice to aid in prevention of injuries. You should start gently in the arm up, but by the end should be at full pace, comfortable and ready to start. Warm Pants can give extra warmth around the hamstring area, and are highly recommended. Regular hamstring strengthening exercises are also recommended
Finally – What to do if you suspect a hamstring injury?
The best hamstring injury treatment is to apply the method of RICE:
It is highly recomended that all injuries should be reviewed by a qualified person such as a Doctor or Chartred Physiotherapist
As there are different grades of injury, the hamstring injury recovery time can vary from just a couple of weeks up to 3 months if severe – so warming up is NOT to be missed in any circumstance. The symptoms can vary from a tightening at the back of the upper leg which restricts running, stretching etc…or if severe can tear and “snap”, and this will be a nasty sound followed by immediate and piercing pain SO if you have any hamstring injury symptoms, or torn hamstring injury symptoms depending of the severity use the advice above, and please always seek professional help and advice