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Hamstring strains explained
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Hamstring injuries are every young athlete's biggest nightmare.

Once you have problems with your hamstring, it can trouble you for the rest of your sporting life.


Who?
Newcastle's Jonathan Woodgate could be out for two months after suffering a torn hamstring against Tottenham.

Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen has always been plagued with injuries to his hamstrings.

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 recovery program.

Return?
Within 2-4 weeks depending on severity. It can also recur for the rest of your sporting career unless it is properly dealt with.





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