Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
watch listen BBC Sport BBC Sport
Low graphics|Help
RELATED SITES
Hamstring strains explained
Hamstring injuries

Hamstring injuries can be a real irritant because they can occur again and again.

But with careful prevention and rehabilitation, there is no reason that they cannot be cured.

WHO?

Newcastle striker Michael Owen has had problems with injuries to his hamstring, and Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has also suffered.

Quite often fast players are affected by this type of injury. Sprinters are also prone to hamstring pulls and tears.

HOW?

They occur when you over-extend the muscle in the back of the leg.

Warming up properly is the best way to prevent this injury.

WHAT?

Sudden onset of pain or a pop in the thigh.

TREATMENT?

Rest, ice, elevation of leg and a proper recovery program.

RETURN?

Within 2-4 weeks depending on severity.



RELATED BBC LINKS:

BBC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
Daily and weekly e-mails | Mobiles | Desktop Tools | News Feeds | Interactive Television | Downloads
Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | Disability sport | Olympics 2012 | Sport Relief | Other sport...

Help | Privacy & Cookies Policy | News sources | About the BBC | Contact us