I was that guy….
The one at soccer training always running laps on my own, rehabbing my hamstring strain as I watched the team train from a distance.
I was fragile – breaking down as soon as I tried to make my return in what always seemed to be too early.
But it felt good, I would try and convince myself, as I returned to square one and started the long road to recovery again.
Every team has that guy or girl. The trick is making sure it’s not you!
We can help you with that ….
Hamstring strains are most common in sports that require running at high speed. Over 80% of hamstring strains result from the running action at high speed. In 2015, hamstring strains were the most prevalent injury in the AFL, with 94 hamstring injuries across the competition that season.
Strains of this nature are commonly stereotyped to the fossil of the team – the veteran who has lost their flexibility and should have considered retirement 5 years ago. However, recent evidence suggests that the key indicator for minimising risk of future hamstring strains is eccentric strength, regardless of age. (Good news for the veterans out there)
As with any soft tissue strain, a specific and clearly mapped out gradual return to sport is essential in minimising reoccurrence. Training at high loads is rarely the problem. Instead, it’s how you return to these high loads that leaves people susceptible. Taking a controlled and measured approach is key, as it allows you to achieve specific milestones to be fully cleared for match-day. Make sure you tick all the boxes.
In my experience, the hardest part of all this is managing your emotions. Pressure from your mates or the coach, as well as your desire to play, can often lead to cutting corners or rushing back. Time heals, so make sure you stick to the plan and achieve the key milestones, despite what all the voices around you may be saying.
As hard as it can be, see through your rehab with your physiotherapist to ensure you don’t find yourself back on the treatment table trying to work out where it all went pear shaped.
If this all sounds too familiar, our physiotherapists at PhysioWest can help identify your problem and set you on the path to long term change. Book online or by calling 8352 3582.
Published by Matt Nowosilkyj