Hamstring strains and tears in the athlete

Clin Sports Med. 2012 Apr;31(2):263-72. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2011.11.001. Epub 2011 Dec 21.


Hamstring injuries continue to be very common for both elite and amateur athletes. Given their high recurrence rate, the ability to treat these injuries effectively is critical to helping athletes return to their previous level of activity without putting them at risk for future injury. Most hamstring strains can be treated with initial pain control and a course of rehabilitation focused on a gradual return to activity. However, an exact, evidence-based rehabilitation protocol has yet to be studied. Although surgery is rare and reserved for complete hamstring ruptures, results show high patient satisfaction and ability to return to play.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Humans
  • Leg Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Leg Injuries / therapy*
  • Medical History Taking
  • Muscle, Skeletal / injuries*
  • Physical Examination
  • Rupture
  • Sprains and Strains / diagnosis*
  • Sprains and Strains / therapy*