Injury & Football
A common football injury is a Hamstring injury.
This sports injury is also called ‘pulled Hamstring’.
“Pulled muscle”, is another term for this particular
injury, it is derived from the description as to how the injury
The Hamstring muscles, when stretched beyond
its limits, causes the muscle to tear. This tear is now referred
to by medical professionals as a Hamstring strain. There are
typically three classifications of Hamstring strain that are
classified according to its degree.
• First degree Hamstring strains
are simply few damaged muscle fibres;
• Second degree strains involve damage
to a number of extensive muscle fibres;
• Third degree strains involve a complete
rupture of muscle fibres.
Three muscles comprise the Hamstring muscle
group but function almost similarly; semi-membranosus, semi-tendonosus
femoris, and the biceps; all of which help the person extend
his hips or bend his knees.
to Distinguish for a Possible Hamstring Injury
Signs with the grade one Hamstring strain
do not normally show until after a particular activity. Hamstring
tightness or feeling a sensation of Hamstring cramps, along
with slight feeling of pain especially when the muscle is
stretched or contracted are some signs of a Hamstring injury.
For grade two Hamstring strains,
immediate pain is noticeable and is more painful than those
of the grade one injuries. This injury is confirmed by severe
pain when muscles are stretched or contracted. These types
of Hamstring strains are normally sore to touch.
Grade three Hamstring strains
are generally very serious injuries. Immediate stabbing pains
or burning sensations are felt by the football player and
he is unable to walk without having to endure the pain. With
this type, the muscles are completely torn. It is also possible
to see a large lump of muscle tissue right above where the
muscle tear is.
As for both the grade two and three injuries,
large bruises normally appear on the injured area after a
Treat a Hamstring Injury
There are some effective ways in treating any
• Consult professional sport injury experts
• Apply ice packs on the damaged sites to relieve pain
• Control excessive bleeding and swelling by applying
• When doing muscle strengthening exercise, use resistance
• Always wear Thigh Supports or Compression
Shorts during rehabilitation
First aid treatment for a Hamstring muscle injury is the RICE
protocol: Rice, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Keep in mind
not to directly apply the ice to the skin.
Reusable ice packs
The first few days of treating a Hamstring injury
should be similar, regardless of its severity. The Hamstring
has to be applied with an ice pack for twenty minutes every
two hours and has to be rested in an elevated position. To
minimize the swelling and the bleeding of the tissues; a compression
bandage has to be applied.
Preventing Hamstring Injury
• Have warm up exercises before any sporting
• Cool down after sporting activities
• Have regular stretching for muscle length maintenance
• Use energy bars and gels to replenish carbohydrates
on sporting activities
• To retain muscle warmth, wear Thigh Support
or Compression Shorts
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