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A Hamstring injury is common in sports. Hamstring injuries are sometimes known as a 'pulled Hamstring'. The term 'pulled muscle' comes from the description of how the injury takes place. Usually the Hamstring muscle is forcibly stretched beyond its limits and the muscle tissue becomes torn. A tear in the Hamstring muscle is referred to as a Hamstring strain and depending on its severity it is classified as a first, second or third degree strain.
Early Hamstring injury treatment consists of the RICE protocol - rest, ice and compression and elevation (never apply ice directly to the skin). Depending upon the severity of the injury, the leg must be rested from sporting activity for between several weeks and several months.
Common Hamstring Injury signs & symptoms:
|Consult a sports injury expert|
|Apply ice packs to relieve pain|
|Apply compression bandage to control bleeding & swelling|
|Use resistance bands for muscle strengthening exercises|
|Wear Compression Shorts or thigh support for reassurance during rehabilitation and retain muscle warmth for injury prevention|
|Warm up before sporting activities|
|Cool down following sporting activities|
|Stretch regularly to maintain muscle length|
|Replenish carbohydrates during sporting activity with energy bars & gels|