Hamstring injuries remain frequent and disabling wherever athletes are required to run fast, as well as in sports involving extreme flexibility. This is as true today as it was 50 or 100 years ago, and yet there's still no clear path for rehabilitation or prevention. Sure, there's plenty of opinions but opinions are like … well, let's just say everyone has one, and what comes out of there is not always fit for consumption.
In this lecture Rodney will summarise his experience with over 500 consecutive hamstring injuries in athletes that he has carefully documented over the last 10 years as well as the available evidence. At the end of this you should have a good idea of what you should be doing in your initial and daily subjective and objective examinations (spoiler: this shouldn't take you longer than a few minutes). More importantly you should then know how to interpret these examinations so you can answer the “when can I play?” and “will this come back?” questions.
Rodney will spend some time going practically through how to simply but clearly progress you loading safely and effectively, and we'll also touch briefly on prevention and why we think you're time is better spent doing this than trying to change how athletes run.
Rod Whiteley is a Specialist Sports Physiotherapist, who was awarded a fellowship in the first cohort in Australia. He subsequently spent time on the College of Sports Physiotherapy's Board as Chief Examiner and has worked with a number of professional and international teams and individuals in Rugby League, Rugby Union, Baseball, Football, Squash, and Athletics.
Sports and Exercise National Group
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