Case Summary: Hamstring Injuries In Football

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Hamstring injuries comprise a significant amount of acute musculoskeletal injuries arising during sporting activities (Canale et al, 1981). Usually, athletics, football and rugby athletes are notably prone to hamstring injuries due to the sprinting demands of their sport. It is, however, a major concern that one-third of hamstring injuries will recur, possibly during the first two weeks post return to activity. A premature return to play and/or a deficient rehabilitation programme are the main reasons for this early re- injury rate (Schneider-Kolsky et al, 2006). The present case study presents a 22 year old male football player with a Hamstring, Bicep femoris Grade II tear at his left foot. The injury was suffered during an in-season game, on natural grass, when the player was decelerating while the ball was going out of play. The athlete is a left winger and has been involved in football from a young age (Fig 1.)

Age 22 Years Old
Gender Male
Sport/position played Football / Left Winger (Left footed) / Blue Square North League (Top of the league, going for promotion)
Training History 3 times per week. 2 training sessions plus a game.
Relevant previous injuries
Medical history Left ankle sprain grade II (NHS rehab)
Relevant SFH Living at home, Works at factory (8-4 shift), Average 22 year old,
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Being a biarticular muscle group it may be stretched to extremes. When hamstring tears occur during kicking, either slow or fast movement, it involves concurrent hip flexion and knee extension. At deceleration, these muscles will contract, while being promptly lengthened. Therefore, they are performing eccentric contractions (Garrett et al, 1990.). It is well established that repeated eccentric contractions have the potential to damage muscle fibres (Armstrong et al,

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