This article provides the reader with an evidenced-based update on the risk factors commonly associated with hamstring injuries in football. These risk factors have been classified into two groups: non-modifiable and modifiable. Additionally, the reader is provided with a detailed insight of the prevention strategies and interventions used to nullify the modifiable risk factors and ultimately reduce hamstring injury rates.
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Wayne Gill BSc, MCSP spent 10 years as a professional footballer playing for Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Tranmere Rovers and Oldham Athletic before retiring in 2004 due to injury.
In 1999 he completed a HNC in Sports Science and in 2008 he graduated from the University of Salford with a first class honours degree in Physiotherapy. Following his graduation he worked at Portsmouth FC for 4 years which included being involved in the FA Cup final in 2010. In 2012 he joined Fulham FC and is currently studying for an MSc in Sports Physiotherapy at Bath University.
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