Recurrent posterior thigh symptoms detrimental to performance in rugby union: predisposing factors

Sports Med. 2000 Apr;29(4):273-87. doi: 10.2165/00007256-200029040-00005.


Recurrent hamstring injury is a very common problem in rugby union, but has been largely ignored in the literature. It is concluded that a multifactorial aetiology may be present, and that these symptoms may be part of a continuum of symptoms that may lead to more serious injuries. Effective management needs to focus not just locally, but include proximal issues such as lumbo-pelvic stability and correcting lumbar spine dysfunction. The factors addressed in a prevention programme are likely to contribute to performance gains.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Causality
  • Exercise Therapy / methods
  • Football / injuries*
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / methods
  • Muscle, Skeletal / injuries*
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Recurrence
  • Sprains and Strains / diagnosis
  • Sprains and Strains / epidemiology
  • Sprains and Strains / etiology*
  • Sprains and Strains / physiopathology
  • Sprains and Strains / prevention & control*
  • Thigh / injuries*