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Sporting Hamstring: Injury & Performance
Hamstring injuries are common in sports and activities that involve high speed running. If you have suffered from an acute or chronic hamstring injury, booking a sporting Hamstring Assessment at Melbourne CBD Physiotherapy is the answer.
How do I know if I have torn my hamstring?
Hamstring injuries commonly occur when running at high speed. In the clinic, patients often report, “I was running fast and then all of a sudden there was a sensation in the back of my leg”.
Sometimes this sensation is described as:
- A sudden dull ache
- A stabbing feeling, and in some rare cases
- A feeling of cramping, and in rare cases followed by a significant “pop”
Hamstring injuries can occur in movements and positions that cause a rapid change in muscle length. If the muscle tissue can’t withstand this length, then it may result in a strain or tear in the hamstring.
Not all hamstring injuries are running related. We have seen people who have overstretched their hamstring during a deadlift or have stood on an unstable surface causing their leg to jolt in a split position.
What can I expect from hamstring physiotherapy rehabilitation?
Gone are the old school days of grade 1, 2 and 3 muscle injury classification. Research shows we can be far more specific when it comes to diagnosis, with anatomical structures linked to different recovery timeframes.
There are a number of muscle injury grading scales. At Melbourne CBD Physio we tend to use the British Athletics Muscle Classification system.
The BAMIC or BAC is a five-point system analysed from an MRI image that weighs and assesses the extent and site of the injury. With this systematic approach, we understand which anatomical structures in your hamstring are involved, and apply individualised interventions to help prevent recurrence.
Though a classification system can be useful for diagnosis, experienced sports physiotherapists know that hamstring injuries are multifactorial. Therefore, don’t be surprised if your physiotherapist hunts and addresses modifiable contributing factors at the same time. Our primary goals are to rehabilitate the existing hamstring injury, and then to minimise the risk of re-injury as much as possible. After all, the biggest risk factor for injury is previous injury!
We work with you to make an informed return to play decision
During your rehabilitation protocol we implement cutting edge rehabilitation technology to rehabilitate performance and measure your progress. This help everyone involved – patients, physios, coaches and parents – gain the confidence and understanding that:
- You are capable of progressive overload
- If you require more exposure in a particular phase of rehabilitation
- If you can begin exposure to return to sport activities, be it elements of training or unmodified sessions.
If you have tried rehabilitating hamstring injuries in the past without the use of specific metrics, how do you really know you are ready to safely return?
Book a Sporting Hamstring Assessment
Our consultants have extensive knowledge and experience when it comes to hamstring rehabilitation and prevention, so they can offer a hamstring screening assessment to determine your risk of injury, or progress to return to sport.
During a Hamstring Assessment consultation, our clinicians use a range of specialised equipment to help determine contributing factors around the injury. From here they construct an individualised plan to specifically target the contributing factors. Our team always liaise with the coaching, medical and support staff to optimise the rehabilitation process.
Our clinicians have consulted for many athletes across multiple sporting codes including Athletics Australia, Athletics Victoria, Athletics Queensland, AFL Victoria.
Sporting Hamstring Assessments differ from normal consultation fees due to the increased consultation time, equipment used and program.
What Is The Most Common Reason For Running Physio?
Running is one of the world’s most popular forms of exercise. It’s easy to do and it’s free. The fitness benefits are not the only upside to running either, as getting into the outdoors is a wonderful way to stay in shape, increase vitamin D and improve general wellness.
However, most people don’t realise that running can be damaging to the legs if it isn’t done properly and many runners have poor running form. Poor form can lead to a whole host of injuries, but even experienced runners suffer from injuries at some stage of their lives. Repetitive actions and other injuries are a common occurrence in running, and that is why running physio is so important.
The most common running injuries we see at our physiotherapy clinic in Melbourne include:
- Runner’s knee (patellofemoral syndrome): Patients seek running physio for runner’s knee when there is a sharp pain at the front or around the knee. It’s a common injury among runners from overuse and may also cause crackling/popping sounds after being inactive. Knee physio can help treating this condition.
- Shin splints / Medial tibial stress syndrome: Patients seek running physio for shin splints when they feel a dull ache on the front or inner part of their shinbone that gets worse with exercise and is often sensitive to touch and inflamed.
- Achilles tendinopathy: Patients seeking running physio for Achilles tendinopathy often complain of symptoms in a very specific and isolated spot of their Achilles. Symptoms often have a warm up period whereby the pain in the specific region can go away. However, depending on how long the person has had the pain for it can get to a point when it doesn’t completely clear. It can also then start impacting other areas of day to day life such as walking.
- Plantar heel pain or plantar tendinopathy is the correct terminology for plantar tendinitis: Patients seek running physio for plantar fasciitis want a tendon expert to address the dull or sharp pain in their heel or middle of their foot. It’s often more painful in the morning and could present itself as a burning sensation.
How Can You Prevent Running Injuries With Physiotherapy?
No injury is completely preventable, but there are a couple of ways that you can help to prevent getting injuries when you run:
- Increase gradually: One of the most common causes of running injuries is just simply doing too much too soon. If you’ve never run in your life, try alternating running and walking for short periods. If you are an experienced runner, don’t increase your running speed or distance too quickly, but rather build up to it gradually.
- Strengthen: It is so important that you have enough strength in the right areas to warrant a demanding task such as running. From the recreational to elite runners, we cannot stress how important strength training is, we have worked with some of the worlds best runners and cannot emphasize the importance of strengthening calves, hip flexors, hamstrings and posterior hip. With a strong base in these muscles from a power point of view you are over half way of being running pain and injury-free.
- Fix your form: There is a much higher chance that you will hurt yourself running if you aren’t doing it Book yourself a running assessment and our experts will tell you where you are going wrong and provide a personalised plan on how to slowly improve your running form.
Consult A Running Physio Specialist In Melbourne
At Melbourne CBD Physiotherapy, we have running physio specialists and a state-of-the-art facility to diagnose any problems you have with running form or to treat a running injury and help you to prevent it in the future.