CONTRASTING BIOMECHANICS OF ACUTE HAMSTRING STRAINS

  • Alf Thorstensson
  • Carl Askling
  • Kjartan Halvorsen
Keywords: muscle, tendon, injury, MRI, recovery, rehabilitation

Abstract

Hamstring strains are common in sports. Recently, two different types of hamstring strain have been described, one related to sprinting, the other to stretching exercises (Askling et al., 2006). MRI showed that the sprint-related injury was situated in the long head of the biceps femoris muscle (Askling et al. 2007). Biomechanical modelling has been used to explore mechanisms of the sprint-related injury (Thelen et al. 2006). The purpose here was to contrast the stretch-related injury with the sprint-related one, with respect to injury location and biomechanics.
Published
2007-12-11