Why Do Hamstring Injuries Happen?

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The Process of Injuries to the Hamstring Ask any football player if they have ever had a hamstring injury and most of them will say yes. Why do hamstring injuries happen? Is it because of the anatomy of the hip and pelvis or is it because they are not stretching it enough? Another possibility that causes hamstring and injuries is the muscles are getting overworked. The muscles around those might not be getting worked as well as they should be either. Hamstring injuries happen because they are not stretched well enough. The anatomy is a major contributor to any injury. The three hamstrings are the semimembranosus, semitendinosus, and the biceps femoris. The hamstrings are responsible for flexing the knee and extending the hip…show more content…
Many people have stronger quadriceps than hamstrings because they are easier to work than hamstrings (Zirm). The best way for athletes to avoid pulling or tearing a hamstring is to balance everything. Make sure everything is working the same amount. If someone works legs today they are not just going to work their quads because their calves, glutes, and hamstrings will not have the same amount of strength. That will then cause the other muscles to work harder than the quads. That will then eventually lead to an injury that will take someone out of their sport for about six to eight weeks. The athletic trainer discovers whether there is an injury present in the hamstring is through special tests. One of the special tests is called the Weber-Barstow Maneuver Test. “First, the patient begins lying in supine position with his or her heels off the end of the table (Special Tests). “The examiner holds the feet of the patient and places the thumbs over the medial malleoli while providing slight traction to the legs” (Special Tests). “The examiner instructs the patient to flex both knees and hips to place the feet on the table aligned next to each other (line up the medial malleoli)” (Special Tests). “The examiner instructs the patient to bridge his or her hips upward and then
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