Journal article

Biomechanical response to hamstring muscle strain injury

Anthony G Schache, Tim V Wrigley, Richard Baker, Marcus G Pandy

GAIT & POSTURE | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

Hamstring strains are common injuries, the majority of which occur whilst sprinting. An understanding of the biomechanical circumstances that cause the hamstrings to fail during sprinting is required to improve rehabilitation specificity. The aim of this study was to therefore investigate the biomechanics of an acute hamstring strain. Bilateral kinematic and ground reaction force data were captured from a sprinting athlete prior to and immediately following a right hamstring strain. Ten sprinting trials were collected: nine normal (pre-injury) trials and one injury trial. Joint angles, torques and powers as well as hamstring muscle-tendon unit lengths were computed using a three-dimensional ..

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