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The second most common rugby injury
Post date: 29 Sep 2015
It's Thomas Skinner, senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist at Medway Community Healthcare (MCH), back again. This week I'm looking at the second most common rugby injury, which is a hamstring strain. Physios demonstrating a lunge

What is it?
A hamstring strain is a tear to the tendons or muscles to the back of your thigh. It can occur in different severities. The three grades are:

  • grade 1 – a mild muscle pull 
  • grade 2 – a partial muscle tear
  • grade 3 – a complete muscle tear 
The length of time it takes to recover from a hamstring strain or tear will depend on how severe the injury is.

Why does it occur?
The hamstring muscles main role is to extend your leg behind your body and to bend your knee. When the tendons or muscles are stretched beyond their limit tear can occur to the fibers. The injury will often occur during sudden, explosive movements, such as sprinting, lunging or jumping. 

What can be done to prevent it?
Research has found that a 10 minute warm up of light jogging or cycling followed by dynamic stretches is the best way to prevent muscle strains. 

Dynamic stretches are stretches that are taken trough movement mean you move as you stretch. So for example deep squats, leg swings and deep lunges. 

There is evidence that strength and conditioning programmes can reduce hamstring strains.

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