Exercises That Help Prevent Hamstring Problems

Exercises That Help Prevent Hamstring Problems Blog

Hamstring strains are common sports ailments. Many times, problems occur after previous strains. It is important to learn how Nordic hamstring exercises can prevent and help in the healing of these types of strains.

Reasons to Perform Nordic Hamstring Exercises

The best way to prevent strains is to perform certain exercises. By sticking to a solid routine, a person can improve movement and function and lower the risks of developing injuries. Most often, an issue happens when a person runs or stretches with hip and and knee movement.

Scientific studies prove that warmups and these exercises lower strain on the muscles better than following a routine geared toward flexibility. It is important to understand the reason why hamstring exercises are effective. To begin, research shows that these exercises encourage more hamstring activity than other exercises. A few doubts arise. Some individuals wonder if Nordic hamstring exercises affect the hamstring at the exact location where injuries most commonly are found. Also, some people are concerned that these exercises place greater strain on the dominant limb.

One particular study included 18 professional soccer players and split them into two groups. Responses were compared over a month of performing hamstring exercises.

Research Results

The study concerning hamstring exercises uncovered that the two legs did become equally affected by the movement. Also, hamstring activity was at its peak during the middle phase. It remained raised at extended positions as well.

It is important to examine what occurs over longer periods of time. After one month, the eccentric peak torque of the muscles were heightened by over 20 percent. Also, improvements of this torque in both legs were not associated with assessments velocity. The angle of peak torque remained unchanged.

These results were consistent with other statistics, which substantiates that these exercises to prevent strain and enhance rehabilitation in individuals who need it. However, there was no evidence that showed a change in angle of peak torque.

Research Limits

No research is perfect. This study may have had a few downfalls. For example, this particular research did not include a large sample of people.

The followup period was not long, and trained individuals were involved. Finally, the study used uninjured people.

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)

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Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)

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Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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