Health Tip: Straining the Hamstring
A hamstring injury can sideline an athlete or exercise buff for quite a while.
While anyone can pull a hamstring, some people are at greater risk of the injury. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers this list:
- Young athletes who are still maturing.
- Many professional athletes, including runners, football players, skaters and soccer players.
- People who run or sprint for exercise.
- Seniors who play sports or who take frequent walks.
Health Tip: Protect Your Muscles
It's important to stretch and warm up your muscles before exercise.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons lists these common risk factors for muscle strains and injury:
- Tired muscles that have been worked too hard.
- Tight muscles that haven't been properly stretched.
- Weak muscles that haven't been strengthened through training and exercise.
- Muscles that haven't been warmed up before exercise, sports or other activities.
- Muscle groups that work together that don't have properly balanced strength. For example, a stronger hamstring than quadriceps, or vice versa.