Computed tomography of hamstring muscle strains

Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1989 Oct;21(5):506-14.


Acute hamstring muscle strains occurring in ten college athletes were evaluated using computed tomography to identify the location and characteristics of these common injuries. Acute muscle strains appeared as areas of hypodensity within the muscle 1-2 d following injury. This suggests that inflammation and edema are the major component of injury, not bleeding as commonly assumed. Injuries were seen most commonly in the proximal and lateral portions of the hamstring muscle group, particularly in the biceps femoris.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Muscles / injuries*
  • Sprains and Strains / diagnostic imaging*
  • Thigh
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed