Hamstring injuries are multifaceted and complex in nature. More often than not, it is a combination of variables that lead to a sprain or strain. Hamstring injuries are the most common soft tissue injury in sports that involve high speeds. From the research, we know that previous hamstring injuries are the biggest predictor of a future sprain, and as such, prevention is better than a cure!
To best prevent hamstring injuries in sport, we need to:
Have a good foundation of knowledge surrounding anatomy and physiology
Have a good understanding of exercise programming, exercise selection and periodisation
Understand the concept of load and how we can balance our training load with recovery and avoid overtraining
Understand the effect of proper sprint training and running mechanics in athletic populations
This blog and the attached video series; aims to be your starting block for this information.