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Can a clinical test of hamstring strength identify football players at risk of hamstring strain?

  • Anthony G. Schache
  • Kay M. Crossley
  • Ian G. Macindoe
  • Brendan B. Fahrner
  • Marcus G. Pandy
Sports Medicine

Abstract

Purpose

To demonstrate the potential for a simple clinical test of hamstring muscle strength to identify susceptibility to muscle strain injury.

Methods

A single-case design was used; specifically, an elite-level male Australian Rules football player performed bilateral isometric maximum voluntary contractions of the hamstring muscles on a weekly basis for a period of 5 weeks preceding a right hamstring muscle strain injury.

Results

Minimal asymmetry (no greater than ±1.2% difference) was evident in the hamstring isometric maximum voluntary contractions during the first 4 weeks, but 5 days prior to injury, the right hamstring isometric maximum voluntary contraction was reduced by 10.9% compared to the left.

Conclusion

Measuring asymmetry in isometric maximum voluntary contractions of the hamstring muscles may be a useful clinical test to identify susceptibility to muscle strain injury.

Keywords

Isometric contraction Athletic injuries Sprains and strains Sports medicine 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony G. Schache
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kay M. Crossley
    • 1
    • 3
  • Ian G. Macindoe
    • 2
  • Brendan B. Fahrner
    • 2
  • Marcus G. Pandy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Richmond Football ClubRichmondAustralia
  3. 3.School of PhysiotherapyUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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