Relationship between hamstring strains and leg muscle strength. A follow-up study of collegiate track and field athletes

J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 1993 Jun;33(2):194-9.


The purpose of the present study was to assess the relationship between hamstring strains and leg muscle strength. The bilateral isometric extensions and flexion maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) of knee and hip were measured among 64 collegiate track and field athletes (128 legs). The values of MVC per body-weight, flexion to extension ratio and bilateral legs imbalance index were calculated as the parameters for the investigation. The follow-up research was performed within the following two years. Among the 64 subjects (128 legs): 26 subjects (31 legs), 24.2 percent had suffered from hamstring strains. Then, the subjects were divided into injured (31 legs) and uninjured (97 legs) groups respectively. The parameters of the lower extremities measured at the beginning were compared for the two groups. The different rates of the hip flexion and knee extension of bilateral legs of the injured group were significantly higher than those of the uninjured group (p < 0.05). In the injured group, the value of MVC per body-weight of the knee flexor and the flexion-extension ratio were significantly lower than in the uninjured group (p < 0.05). In conclusion, the imbalance of the bilateral legs, the hamstring strength and the ratio of the flexor to extensor were shown to be parameters related to the occurrence of hamstring strains.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Weight
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hip Joint / physiology
  • Hip Joint / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Isometric Contraction / physiology
  • Knee Joint / physiology
  • Knee Joint / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Muscle Relaxation / physiology
  • Muscles / injuries*
  • Muscles / physiology*
  • Muscles / physiopathology
  • Posture / physiology
  • Sprains and Strains / physiopathology*
  • Thigh / injuries*
  • Thigh / physiology
  • Thigh / physiopathology
  • Track and Field / physiology*