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The Hamstring “Sniper”

We have all seen it happen. The player is bursting out for the ball, a finely tuned athlete at the peak of their powers gliding away from the opposition player and then BAMM. 

They hit the ground and you look around to see if the opposition have sent a sniper and if he is packing away his rifle after downing another victim. It can happen that quickly.

Here at Compass Physio we are seeing a lot of hamstring injuries now that the summer is in full flow and the Gaa season is ramping up

Over the next few weeks we will be giving you an insight into the most common injuries we see in the GAA. 

This week we start with the hamstring

We currently work with Gaa players from Meath, Kildare, Westmeath, Laois, Kilkenny, Louth and have players who travel from further a field for 2nd opinions on their injury.

The trends are in line with the info below

Hamstring Stats:

Hamstring injuries account for 21% of injuries in Gaelic Football.

In a recent survey it was shown that they had increased x almost 2 times compared to a study 10 years ago. Any ideas why?

Hamstring Injuries are x 7 times more likely to happen in a match than in training.

The average amount of days players were out for were 26 days

The average number of hamstring Injuries that occur in a gaelic football were 9 in a season. Does your team have more of less?

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The Early Management of a Hamstring Injury:

Check out our Blog on How to Manage Muscle Injuries for all the info

https://www.compassphysio.ie/all-you-need-is-peace-and-love-for-all-your-soft-tissue-injuries

As soon as possible you begin a gentle strengthening programme using simple exercises such as

  • Hamstring Activation (Squeezing the hamstring in a seated position)
  • Bridging (Double Leg) Laying on your back with your knees bent, raising your hips in the air with little or no hamstring pain

Progressing your Rehab:

Under the guidance of a chartered physiotherapist you will be given a graded set of exercises that will allow you to gradually build up your strength and return to your chosen sport

Reducing the Risk of it Happening Again:

Strength is key with hamstrings and evidence shows that eccentric hamstring exercises such as nordic hamstring curls do reduce the risk of re injury

A “Strong” hamstring which is mobile is the ideal scenario.

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Paddy Mulligan MISCP
Chartered Physiotherapist
Compass Physio

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