Hamstring Injuries are common and are seen regularly in physiotherapy clinics.  Due to the increased incidence of hamstring strains during football, a lot of research has gone into the prevention of hamstring strains.  Most thigh supports are designed to create increased shock absorption in order to protect against direct blows to the thighs, which may injure the hamstring, but this is not classed as a hamstring strain.  Quite a few supports on the market are targeted at keeping the thigh warm.  The theory is if you maintain a slightly increased temperature around the hamstrings the muscle will stretch more easily and prevent tears.  

Repetitive hamstring strains will need specific rehabilitation and training.  Most hamstring injuries occur due to weakness but sometimes the lower back may be involved.  Having a full biomechanical assessment in order to get a specific training program is vital.  Backward running built into a rehabilitation program may assist the hamstring to recover quickly by repetitively stretching the hamstring without over-stressing it. There is a range of great hamstring exercises designed to strengthen the muscle while lengthening.  A lower back assessment is also recommended.  Various hamstring injuries occur due to back malfunctioning.  If this is not addressed the hamstrings will continue to injure.  Seek advice should symptoms persist from a sports physiotherapist or physiotherapist with experience in this area.

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