The AFL season is well and truly under way, unfortunately with every season there are two things we see time and time again:

  1. 1. Dubious umpiring decisions and,
  2. 2. Hamstring strains.

To avoid starting any arguments between our Eagles and Dockers fans especially after the most recent Derby, let’s take the high road and discuss Hamstring Strains.

Hamstring Strains occur when the muscle or tendon is overloaded resulting in tearing of the fibres. Pain is usually sudden and felt in the back of the leg. Swelling and bruising may be present but not always. Depending on the severity of your injury a hamstring strain could mean missing a 1-2 games or upwards of 6 games.

At Cannington Physiotherapy we believe prevention is the best cure and whilst some injuries in sport can’t be helped there are ways to reduce your risk. Factors that could contribute to a hamstring strain include:

  • Not warming up adequately before exercising
  • Having tight quadriceps muscles that pull your pelvis forward resulting in tightening your hamstrings.
  • Having weak glutes which forces the hamstring muscles to work harder in an effort to compensate.

Our physiotherapists are all highly trained in identifying injuries and potential risk factors for a wide variety of sporting injuries. So as you embark on another season let us help you perform at your peak and keep you in the game rather than on the bench.

If you would like further information feel free to contact us on (08) 9351 8737 or you can click on the link above and book and appointment with one of our brilliant Physiotherapists.


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