Adverse neural tension: a factor in repetitive hamstring strain?

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 1998 Jan;27(1):16-21. doi: 10.2519/jospt.1998.27.1.16.


The etiology and nature of repetitive hamstring strain is complex and not fully understood. The purpose of this study was to investigate the presence of adverse neural tension in 14 male Rugby Union players with a history of grade 1 repetitive hamstring strain. Comparison was made to an injury-free matched control group. Adverse neural tension was assessed using the slump test. Hamstring flexibility was measured using the active knee extension in lying test. Results indicated that 57% of the test group had positive slump tests, suggesting the presence of adverse neural tension. None of the control group had a positive slump test. Analysis of variance revealed no differences in flexibility between groups or between those demonstrating a positive or negative slump test. Results suggest that adverse neural tension may result from or be a contributing factor in the etiology of repetitive hamstring strain. Residual decreased flexibility is not apparent in this subject group.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / physiopathology*
  • Football
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiopathology*
  • Thigh