Hamstring Muscle Injuries
• Tight muscles
• Imbalanced muscle groups, for example if the muscle group at the front of the thigh (quadriceps) are stronger than the hamstring muscles
• Tired muscles
• Deconditioned muscles
• Adolescents during growth periods
• Older athletes
• Participation in football, soccer, basketball, running, sprinting, dance
• Bruising on the thigh and below the knee in the days following an injury
• Weak hamstring muscles for several weeks
Most hamstring injuries occur in the thickest part of a muscle or where the muscle joins a tendon. Tendons connect muscles to bones.
• Pull or strain
• Partial tear
• Complete tear, tears from the pelvis bone are more common than tears from the leg
• Avulsion, a piece of bone pulls away when the tendon detaches from a bone
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