In last month’s Atlantic Health Sports Medicine Series, we focused on a part of the body that many of us have most likely injured at one time or another…the ankle. This month, we are going to focus on another area that seems to get frequently injured and plague even the highest level of athlete – the hamstring. Whether it is an Olympic sprinter pulling up suddenly during the 100m dash or a cornerback trying to catch up with a wide receiver from behind, hamstring injuries typically happen when you sprint. However, there are ways athletes can help mitigate the risk of falling victim to a hamstring injury.
With help from Physicians Assistant Adam Kahn, Manager of Atlantic Sports Health in Morristown New Jersey, we are going to breakdown and give you some great insight on what causes hamstring injuries. In addition to causes, we will give you some great tips on things you can do, to make sure you don’t end up on the sidelines with a pulled or torn hamstring. Hamstring injuries are very unpredictable in terms of severity and how long they take to heal, so the more you do to prevent them before they happen, the more you can ensure that they don’t happen to begin with.