Proximal hamstring avulsion in a professional soccer player

Orthop Traumatol Surg Res. 2012 Dec;98(8):928-31. doi: 10.1016/j.otsr.2012.05.007. Epub 2012 Aug 24.


Acute hamstring strains are a common athletic injury, which may be treated non-operatively with a satisfactory outcome. A complete proximal hamstring avulsion is a rare and potentially career ending injury to an elite athlete. For these high demand patients, surgical reattachment should be immediately undertaken to shorten return to sport and to improve functional outcome. This report describes the occurrence of a complete avulsion of the proximal hamstrings in a professional footballer during an international match. We highlight the clinical presentation, the appropriate diagnostic investigations, the surgical technique and the rehabilitation protocol for this injury. The successful surgical reattachment of the common hamstring tendon was confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging done 5 months after repair and allowed the player a full return to competition at 6 months after surgery. Hamstrings isokinetic peak torque was 80% at 6 months and 106% at 11 months after repair comparing with the uninjured side.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Leg
  • Male
  • Orthopedic Procedures / methods
  • Soccer / injuries*
  • Tendon Injuries / surgery*
  • Young Adult