Sports Medicine

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 273–287 | Cite as

Recurrent Posterior Thigh Symptoms Detrimental to Performance in Rugby Union

Predisposing Factors
  • Liza DevlinEmail author
Injury Clinic


Recurrent hamstring injury is a very common problem in rugby union, but has been largely ignored in the literature. It is concluded that a multifactorial aetiology may be present, and that these symptoms may be part of a continuum of symptoms that may lead to more serious injuries. Effective management needs to focus not just locally, but include proximal issues such as lumbo-pelvic stability and correcting lumbar spine dysfunction. The factors addressed in a prevention programme are likely to contribute to performance gains.


Rugby League Piriformis Muscle Hamstring Injury Rugby Union Posterior Thigh 
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The author would like to thank Dr Di Hopper, School of Physiotherapy, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, Australia and Professor Alan Morton, Department of Human Movement and Exercise Science, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.


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  1. 1.Paddington PhysiotherapyPaddingtonAustralia

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