With football season well and truly underway, I thought it would be great to share with you this paper looking at the effectiveness of the different hamstring exercises.
I recommend working out two thing first before applying what we learn in this paper.
1 – Why has your hamstring torn? This should be addressed first in order to prevent re tearing.
2 – What part of the hamstring has torn? What grade of tear is it? This can be assessed with physical examination but imaging modalities like MRI or ultrasound may give us great insight as to the extent of the tear.
Once you have worked out the above you can work out
a) A rehabilitation plan to address the dysfunction that lead to your hamstrings tearing.
b) Specific exercises for the area of hamstring that has torn. The hamstring is made up of the Biceps Femoris (Long head and short head) on the outside of the leg and the Semitendinosus and Semimembranosus on the inside of the leg.
You can See the full text here.. or just look at the pretty picture below (my choice).
Please feel free to ask me any questions.