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.
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.
This article provides an update on the current available evidence on the assessment, diagnosis, and prognosis of hamstring injuries in soccer. After a detailed insight into the epidemiology, functional anatomy, and injury mechanism for hamstring injuries, a detailed clinical examination, which is supported by clinical evidence, clinical experience and innovative practice, is demonstrated. Finally the recent Munich classification system is presented to improve clarity of communication for diagnostic, therapeutic and prognostic purposes.
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