The natural history and management of hamstring injuries

Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2008 Jun;1(2):120-3. doi: 10.1007/s12178-007-9018-8.


Hamstring injuries in sport can be debilitating. The anatomical complexity of this muscle makes uniform assessment of injury epidemiology difficult and insures that post-injury management strategies must be individually focused. This article reviews the anatomy of the hamstring, its role in athletic movement, common mechanisms of injury, and management guidelines with the goal of return into sporting activity in mind.