Don’t let pulling a hammy land you on the sidelines

col-RichardOwensImagine you have just started your morning run, are playing a game of pick-up basketball at the local YMCA, or in a dead sprint to beat out the grounder to the short-stop, and BOOM! You have just pulled a hammy!  It hits you like a ton of bricks.  Even If you have not played sports, this may have happened to you.

You’ve experienced the instantaneous ripping of the muscle in the back of your leg.  You may have tried to stretch it out and carry on because your team needs you, but you soon realize that this injury can make even the simplest of tasks challenging and send you reeling in pain.

The hamstring muscles run down the back of the thigh and are made up of three muscles: Semitendinosus, Semimembranosus, and Biceps femoris. They start at the bottom of the pelvis at a place called the ischial tuberosity. They travel down the back of your leg, cross the knee joint and end at the lower leg. The hamstring muscle group helps you extend your leg straight back and bend your knee.

Most hamstring injuries occur in the thick, central part of the muscle or where the muscle fibers join tendon fibers. A hamstring strain can be a pull, a partial tear, or a complete tear and are graded as such.  Severity, graded from 1-3, determines how long the healing process will take. In the most cases, the injury will heal itself between a few days for the smaller strains, to a few months for more involved cases.  In cases, such as an avulsion, in which the tendon is completely torn from the bone, surgery may be needed.

Whether you are a weekend warrior, or an avid athlete, injuries are part of the game.  A little prevention goes a long way with injuries such as this.  And although you cannot completely rid yourself of the risk, you can follow a few simple rules to minimize the risk or lessen the damage with injuries.

Warm-up first. You need to get the soft tissue, the tendon, fascia and muscle itself more extensible.  This will also improve your muscle control prior to initiating an activity.

Stretch the muscles prior to starting.  This improves the flexibility of the muscle.  Generally, more dynamic stretching is indicated prior to activity and more sustained stretching following activity.

Know your limits and stay hydrated.  No matter how good you feel, you should understand what your body can do.  Going too far beyond that is a recipe for disaster.  Staying hydrated helps contracting muscles provides adequate nutrients and removes waste efficiently so you perform better. Water is also important for lubricating joints.   This also assist with fatigue and cramping of muscles.

When these issues pop up, we will be there to assist you to get back on your feet and back into the fold.  Statistically 8 out of 10 people throughout their lifetime will need some type of physical rehabilitation. So, if you find yourself in this position and must choose a Physical Therapist , visit our website at www.prsrehabservices.com.

Comments

comments

Lady Chiefs sweep season series vs. West Brunswick

Lady Chiefs sweep season series vs. West BrunswickThe North Myrtle Beach High volleyball team made sure that [more]

St. James takes runner-up at Lady Patriot Invitational

St. James takes runner-up at Lady Patriot InvitationalThe St. James High girls golf team went toe-to-toe with [more]

Photos: No TDs but loads of fun at Panthers' debut

Photos: No TDs but loads of fun at Panthers' debutA sellout crowd enjoyed the Carolina Panthers' 2017 home opener [more]

Lady Chants bounce back to claim first Sun Belt win

Lady Chants bounce back to claim first Sun Belt winCoastal Carolina women's soccer team got back in the win [more]

Carolina Forest swimmers win Socastee Invitational

Carolina Forest swimmers win Socastee InvitationalThe Carolina Forest swimming teams continued their successful seasons by [more]

CCU's comeback bid falls short in road loss to UAB

CCU's comeback bid falls short in road loss to UABCoastal Carolina scored 18 second-half points and only allowed 116 [more]

Chants open Sun Belt title defense with loss to GSU

Chants open Sun Belt title defense with loss to GSUCoastal Carolina began defense of its 2016 Sun Belt Championship [more]

NMB shows it's for 'Reel' with blowout of Socastee

NMB shows it's for 'Reel' with blowout of SocasteeIn a highly anticipated showdown between undefeated North Myrtle Beach [more]

Seahawks' D bounces back by pouncing on Panthers

Seahawks' D bounces back by pouncing on PanthersWill the real Myrtle Beach High defense please stand up? [more]

Sharks let one slip away as Bulldogs feast on fumbles

Sharks let one slip away as Bulldogs feast on fumblesOne week after pulling off an amazing comeback win, the [more]

Christian Academy works overtime to earn wild win

Christian Academy works overtime to earn wild winOn a big Friday night for public school football on [more]

Volleyball: MB wins home debut; Panthers sweep SF

Volleyball: MB wins home debut; Panthers sweep SFThe Myrtle Beach High volleyball team finally got the opportunity [more]

Golf: Panthers move to 4-0; Sharks roll past Seahawks

Golf: Panthers move to 4-0; Sharks roll past Seahawks Carolina Forest's Sami Spencer shot a career-best 3-under-par 33 to [more]

Lady Chiefs run away with big win over county rivals

Lady Chiefs run away with big win over county rivalsThe North Myrtle Beach High girls cross country team took [more]

Volleyball: Sharks prevail; Tomlin nets triple-double

Volleyball: Sharks prevail; Tomlin nets triple-doubleNo stranger to triple-doubles on the basketball court, Carolina Forest's [more]

Week 5 Previews & Picks: Local rivalries mark lineup

Week 5 Previews & Picks: Local rivalries mark lineupSo far WPDE TV and sister station CW 21's foray [more]

Saints volleyball gears up for another state title run

Saints volleyball gears up for another state title runFollowing a surprising run to the SCISA Class AA state [more]

Seahawks-Panthers game postponed to Friday night

Seahawks-Panthers game postponed to Friday nightThursday's televised contest between the Myrtle Beach and Carolina Forest [more]

Coastal learns kickoff, TV times for next two games

Coastal learns kickoff, TV times for next two gamesThe Coastal Carolina Department of Athletics announced today its start [more]

CCU's Hardeman retains Sun Belt offensive honor

CCU's Hardeman retains Sun Belt offensive honorSenior outside hitter Leah Hardeman has been named the Sun [more]

Photo Gallery: Ideal starts for Braves, Chiefs, Tigers

Photo Gallery: Ideal starts for Braves, Chiefs, Tigers"Undefeated!" It's something not many high school football teams can [more]

Clemson defense comes to rescue in win over Auburn

Clemson defense comes to rescue in win over AuburnPowered by a defense that sacked Auburn’s quarterback 11 times, [more]

Gamecocks get big boost from Deebo to beat Tigers

Gamecocks get big boost from Deebo to beat TigersDeebo Samuel ran for two touchdowns to help South Carolina [more]

Chants forced to hit road, suffer loss to Highlanders

Chants forced to hit road, suffer loss to HighlandersCoastal Carolina’s soccer team lost a home game due to [more]

Illing's 5 TDs help Socastee flip the script on Seahawks

Illing's 5 TDs help Socastee flip the script on SeahawksIt's safe to say the Socastee Braves had this rivalry [more]

Lady Chiefs sweep season series vs. West Brunswick

Lady Chiefs sweep season series vs. West BrunswickThe North Myrtle Beach High volleyball team made sure that [more]

St. James takes runner-up at Lady Patriot Invitational

St. James takes runner-up at Lady Patriot InvitationalThe St. James High girls golf team went toe-to-toe with [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach