• Hamstring Pull

    What is a hamstring tear or strain? A hamstring tear or strain, also called a pulled hamstring, is an injury to one of the back muscles in the back of the thigh. These injuries are common with athletes who participate in sports where they must sprint.

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    Larissa Roux, MD FRCP Dip Sport Med, MPH, PhD, discusses hamstring pulls in sports.
    Larissa Roux, MD FRCP Dip Sport Med, MPH, PhD, discusses hamstring pulls in sports.
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    Jackson Sayers, B.Sc. (Kinesiology), discusses how to do simple hamstring stretches.
    Jackson Sayers, B.Sc. (Kinesiology), discusses how to do simple hamstring stretches.
  • What is a Hamstring Pull?

    In badminton, hamstring strains are often an acute strain which occur from the quick accelarations or decelarations that badminton players must do during the strokes. The hamstring strain is probably the most common injury to the thigh.

    The strain can occur in the mid-belly of the hamstring, or it can occur either lower down where the muscle tendon insertion or it can occur in the insertion up at the ischial tuberosity. Local Physiotherapists 

    In dealing with hamstring strains, we want to make sure that we follow the RICE philosophy. We can use certain types of supports, including core shorts or elastic bandages to add compression. In treating this condition, often seeing a local massage therapist for muscle tension, a local personal trainer for muscle strength and a physiotherapist for release and conditioning is a good option.  

    We want to then make sure that we are decreasing the amount of scar tissue that’s being formed in the muscle belly and in the muscle tendon attachment and that can be done by seeing your local  physiotherapist and they can give you a variety of exercises as well as treating the area with different modalities to help minimize the severity of a scar. Often seeing a local family physician or a physiotherapist in conjunction with a registered dietitian and athletic therapist is a great option to take control of this condition. Smart Food Now and exercise is also optominal for overall health.    

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  • Hamstring Injuries -Badminton

    In badminton, hamstring strains are often an acute strain which occur from the quick accelarations or decelarations that badminton players must do during the strokes. The hamstring strain is probably the most common injury to the thigh.

    The strain can occur in the mid-belly of the hamstring, or it can occur either lower down where the muscle tendon insertion or it can occur in the insertion up at the ischial tuberosity.
    In dealing with hamstring strains, we want to make sure that we follow the RICE philosophy. We can use certain types of supports, including core shorts or elastic bandages to add compression.

    We want to then make sure that we are decreasing the amount of scar tissue that's being formed in the muscle belly and in the muscle tendon attachment and that can be done by seeing your physiotherapist and they can give you a variety of exercises as well as treating the area with different modalities to help minimize the severity of a scar.

    Presenter: Mr. Carl Petersen, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

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