Hamstring Rehabilitation

Hamstring Rehabilitation

Hamstring rehabilitation.

With footy pre-season commencing, hamstring injuries become more prevalent.  It is just not the older guys that are getting injuries!

Too often we see a very basic rehabilitation for hamstring injuries.  We feel this is linked to such a high reoccurrence rate.  Each injury is different and requires an individualised program.  A simple recipe is not going to keep you injury free!

At Enhance Physiotherapy we use a modified program from the Australian Institute of Sport and adjust it to benefit each individual case.   A brief overview includes:

  • Initial acute management following injury requires the RICE principles: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation to limit the bleeding and damage to surrounding tissues. It is crucial you keep good thigh compression and icing for the first 72 hours.
  • Preparation for a running program. This will commence with a slow shuffle on grass.  Short steps are the key to not overstretching the hamstring muscle group too early.
  • Structured strength and conditioning program
  • Progress through running program which includes 3 stages: acceleration, steady state, deceleration.
  • Working on core and hip control to limit overuse of hamstring.

If you have sustained a hamstring injury or have a history of repetitive hamstring niggles, it’s time to book a thorough assessment at Enhance Physiotherapy Albury-Wodonga.

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