Hamstring Rehabilitation

What’s This Research About?

This study examines whether or not a progressive eccentric strengthening program
is effective for hamstring strain rehabilitation. Was isometric knee flexion strength
restored (compared to the other side)? Was the angle-torque relationship restored
relative to the other side or did it cause a rightward shift in the length-tension relationship?
They also document the reinjury rate after a return to sport.

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Jenn Pilotti

TITLE: Rehabilitation after hamstring strain injury emphasizing eccentric strengthening at long muscle lengths: results of long term follow-up.


PUBLICATION: Journal of Sports Rehabilitation

DATE: August 2016 

AUTHORS : T.F. Tyler, B.M. Schmitt, S.J. Nicholas, and M. McHugh

Hamstring strains: one of the most common injuries in high speed running. They have a 20-33% recurrence rate. Hamstring strains often occur in stretched positions.

Eccentric strength training:
 Strength training that emphasizes resisting gravity and maintaining load while the muscle is lengthening. Example: One action of the hamstring is to flex the knee. This is the concentric action of the muscle. If the lower leg resists the movement of straightening the knee, that would be the eccentric aspect of strength. During running, the hamstring eccentrically works to slow down the forward motion of the leg that is moving forward. Eccentric strength training changes the length-tension curve by shifting when peak hamstring strength occurs.

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About the Author:

Jenn Pilotti has a BS in exercise physiology from UC Davis. After graduating in 2002, she was hired by the Beach and Tennis Club at Pebble Beach as a full time personal trainer. While there, she had the privilege of working with individuals of all ages, many of whom had aches and pains from a life well led. This piqued her interest in injuries, prevention, and pain. After years of undirected self study (and after leaving the security of a full time position to go out on her own), she enrolled in an online program through AT Still University, eventually acquiring a master's in human movement while working full time. After graduating, she continued to read research and write about its application to her work with clients. She fell in love with yoga in 2004, finally became 200 hour RYT in 2014 after years of workshops and self study (there seems to a theme), and continues to study somatic disciplines. She is DNS exercise trainer certified, FRCms, MovNat level I certified, GMB trainer certified, has taken PRI respiration, myokinematics, impingement and instability, and pelvis restoration, and has read an embarrassing number of books on movement, psychology, and wellness. She has an insatiable curiosity about what makes for a healthy person, physically and mentally, and she finds herself often asking why things work for some and not for others. She strongly believes in the power of knowledge and the power of movement. Learn more about Jenn Pilotti.